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Darth Malak
Biographical information
Homeworld

Quelii[1]

Died

3,956 BBY, Star Forge, over the sun of the Lehon system[2]

Physical description
Species

Human[3]

Gender

Male[3]

Height

2 meters[3]

Hair color

None,[4] formerly black[5]

Eye color

Blue,[6] gray (dark side)[2]

Skin color

Light[5]

Cybernetics

Cybernetic jaw[2]

Chronological and political information
Era(s)

Old Republic era[7]

Affiliation
Known masters
Known apprentices

Malak is the strongest of us, and the strongest always rules...at least until one who is stronger can take it from him.

Yuthura Ban, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic

Darth Malak was a Human male born on Quelii who took the mantle of Dark Lord of the Sith during the Jedi Civil War. Before taking the name Malak, Alek Squinquargesimus, nicknamed Squint, was a famed Jedi Knight and military commander. During the Mandalorian Wars, Alek gained a reputation as a headstrong warrior who would recklessly charge into danger. He befriended the Padawan Zayne Carrick, whom he assisted in bringing down the Jedi Covenant shortly before taking the name Malak.

Malak eventually drew closer and closer to the dark side, ultimately being seduced by Sith teachings imparted to him by his closest friend, Revan. After the final battle of the Mandalorian Wars at Malachor V, the two twisted the allegiance of the Revanchists and Republic forces under their command, building the foundations of what would eventually become a new Sith Empire. In his role as Revan's chosen apprentice, Darth Malak helped his Master track down the Star Maps, devices that led to the Star Forge, an ancient superweapon built by the Rakata. A year after they had disappeared from known Republic space, they returned and declared war on the Republic, determined to end the "tyranny" of the Jedi Order.

At one point under Darth Revan's tutelage, Malak's entire jaw was removed by a lightsaber strike from Revan himself, forcing him to wear a large metal prosthesis to cover over where his jaw had once been. After the Jedi dispatched a strike team to capture Revan and Malak, he betrayed his Master, ordering the guns of his flagship to fire on Revan's flagship. Convinced that his former Master had died, Malak usurped his mantle and ruled the Sith unchallenged, brutally conquering territory after territory. He even took an apprentice of his own, a former Jedi named Darth Bandon.

It would not be long until the new Dark Lord of the Sith was proven wrong about his former Master's death; the next year, he intercepted the Jedi Knight Bastila Shan and an amnesiac Revan, whose identity as the Dark Lord had been erased by the Jedi Council and replaced with an identity that was loyal to the Republic. After Malak revealed to his former Master that he was indeed the former Dark Lord, Malak and Revan fought each other, but Shan allowed herself to be captured by Malak so that Revan and his companions could escape.

The Sith Lord corrupted Shan, whom he had once considered a threat. She eventually became his apprentice, replacing Darth Bandon, whom Revan and his companions had previously killed. Now assisted by her battle meditation, Malak considered his Sith Empire to be invincible. When the Republic fleet attacked the Star Forge above Rakata Prime, a redeemed Revan boarded the ancient space station and confronted Malak in a lightsaber duel which resulted in the Dark Lord's defeat. With that, his reign as the Dark Lord ended, and the Republic was victorious.

BiographyEdit

Jedi PadawanEdit

The Jedi Order moved too slowly for Revan and Malak; we were too cautious in their eyes. They always sought to learn far quicker than their Masters felt was prudent.

Zhar Lestin, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Alek was a Human male[3] born on the planet Quelii, in a village named "Squinquargesimus." People from Quelii did not have surnames, only names of their home villages; after he escaped Quelli, the name of his home village was used as his surname on the immigration records.[8] Alek was found to be Force-sensitive and taken to the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine to be trained as a Jedi Padawan.[9] Alek, who was nicknamed "Squint" by his fellow Padawans,[10] befriended a Padawan named Revan,[2] and they became loyal friends.[7] Alek and Revan would make occasional trips to Coruscant, the capital of the Republic, for additional training with the Twi'lek Jedi Master Zhar Lestin. Both Alek and Revan were eager to learn more than what their Masters felt was prudent, and both were accomplished at using the Force; however, Revan was stronger than Alek.[2] Some time before 3,963 BBY, both of the young men completed their training and attained the rank of Jedi Knight.[11]

Mandalorian WarsEdit

Recruiting for the RevanchistsEdit

Our Master's an acquaintance of your Master Lucien. We were hoping to recruit some Jedi to come with us.

Alek, to Zayne Carrick on Taris, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 0: Crossroads
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When the Mandalorians first attacked the Republic, both Alek and Revan were eager to defeat the invading forces, but the Jedi Council urged patience and strictly forbade action as the war continued, feeling that the true threat had not yet emerged. But Revan would not be dissuaded, and both Jedi thought that the Order moved too slowly and was too cautious in its decisions.[2] Alek was the first to join Revan's movement—known as the Revanchists—and other Jedi soon followed.[2] In the year 3,964 BBY, Alek was one of a number of Jedi who chose to take a more proactive role in the ongoing Mandalorian Wars by participating in a scouting mission along the Outer Rim, just prior to the Mandalorian invasion of the Galactic Republic.[5] Led by Revan, whom Alek called his honorary "Master,"[11] he and his fellow Jedi investigated the Mandalorian threat along the Republic border against the wishes of the Jedi Council.[12]

On their way to the Outer Rim, they stopped briefly on the planet Taris in hopes of recruiting more Jedi from the local Jedi temple. While there, Alek met a Jedi named Zayne Carrick, who was the Padawan of the Jedi Master Lucien Draay. Draay was the son of Krynda Draay, the founder of a secret Jedi organization called the Covenant, which was dedicated to preventing the return of the Sith. Carrick was attempting to apprehend a Snivvian black marketeer named Marn Hierogryph; his seven previous attempts at capturing Hierogryph had all failed. Carrick's latest attempt failed as well, and Alek rescued him as he was falling into the cityscape. After this, the two Jedi conferred with each other, and one subject among those discussed was the war. Not only did the Jedi High Council disapprove of the war, but the teachers on Taris counseled their students that the Jedi were supposed to defend against the Sith. Alek reminded him that the threat of the Sith was over decades ago. During the discussion, Alek told Carrick that sometimes one must enter the darkness in order to save the light. Furthermore, Alek opined to Carrick that there needed to be more Jedi who thought the same as him, and tried, unsuccessfully, to recruit him. Carrick's reason for refusing was that the Masters on Taris, including Lucien Draay, thought that the Sith, not the Mandalorians, were the Jedi's business. Alek laughed and said that they could be Mandalorians with their boots at their Masters' throats, but to get the Jedi to notice them, they would have to paint their heads and babble about the dark side. Although Carrick was a less than promising student, Alek suspected that he would be a major player during the war.[5]

Sometime before the Revanchists came to Taris in an attempt to recruit more Jedi, the Jedi Covenant—of which Carrick's Master Lucien Draay was a member—believed that one of their Padawans would fall to the dark side. Four Jedi in the group, all Jedi Consulars, envisioned a Sith Lord encased in red armor and armed with a red lightsaber that was responsible for their own deaths. They assumed that the red figure symbolized one of their Padawans, each of whom was wearing a red environmental suit on a moon at the moment that the vision came to them. Not hesitating to prevent the return of the Sith, the Masters killed their Padawans shortly after the Revanchists left Taris, and blamed the deaths on Carrick,[13] subsequently forcing him to hide from the Jedi Order and civil authorities.[14]

Captured at FlashpointEdit

We'll go to the front—and beyond it, if it'll save the galaxy. Sometimes you have to enter the darkness to save the light.

Alek Squinquargesimus, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic: Crossroads

Soon after leaving Taris, Alek and his companions were left behind on the planet Suurja while Revan investigated events on Onderon and the jungle moon of Dxun.[12] Roughly a week after his meeting with Carrick on Taris, Alek was captured in an ambush during the Fourth Battle of Suurja by the Mandalorian Neo-Crusaders,[15] and taken to Flashpoint Station, an old Republic research station that the Mandalorians had captured a few months before. There, he became the favorite test subject of a sadistic Mandalorian biologist named Demagol, who was attempting to divine the source and nature of the Jedi's Force abilities.[6]

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Weeks later, Jarael, a female Arkanian offshoot who had helped Carrick elude the Jedi Masters on Taris, arrived on the station. Alek immediately knew the Mandalorians had mistaken her for a Jedi. When Demagol came to take her, he volunteered himself to be studied in her place and insisted that he had some abilities that Demagol had yet to discover.[6] After Alek was brought back to the holding area, Demagol wanted to waste no time in testing Jarael due to her unusual Arkanian features, but fortunately, Carrick and the rest of the crew of the Last Resort—a starship which belonged to a male Arkanian offshoot named Gorman Vandrayk, who was going by the nickname "Camper"—arrived to rescue her in the nick of time. Carrick pretended to be captured by the rogue Mandalorian Rohlan Dyre, and was taken in her stead. When Demagol and Dyre emerged, they announced that Carrick was dead. However, after the Mandalorians were tricked into leaving the station during a false "Republic attack" masterminded by Marn Hierogryph—who was now Carrick's ally—it was revealed that the Demagol that had emerged was actually Carrick. Before he and the rest of the freed Jedi prisoners escaped, Alek asked Carrick to join them once again, but he declined, saying that there was something he had to finish. Alek said his good-byes to Jarael and took the unconscious Demagol to Coruscant for trial,[10] although en route, Demagol fell into a drug-induced coma and could not be awakened. Due to Demagol's mad experiments, doctors informed Alek that his hair would not grow back completely.[4]

As the Mandalorian atrocities continued to mount, Revan, who was known to the public as "The Revanchist,"[11] could no longer restrain himself.[2] As Revan's closest friend, Alek traveled to worlds such as Dantooine to recruit even more Jedi to his and Revan's growing rebellion.[16] While on a mission to the planet of Cathar to investigate the truth about the massacre there, Alek, Revan, and the Jedi accompanying them felt death in the Force when the Mandalorians unleashed a devastating nuclear attack on Serroco.[17] Sometime after the battle, Revan revealed the truth about what really happened at Cathar, causing many Jedi to break away from the Order and join the Revanchists,[7] also known as the Jedi Crusaders.[18]

Adasca's plot and a return to TarisEdit

This is an advance that transcends simple monetary compensation, don't you agree?"
"
A dangerous advance. The power to destroy matter on an astronomical scale—that's too much for any government to wield responsibly!

Arkoh Adasca and Alek Squinquargesimus, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 19: Daze of Hate, Part 1
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Following the journey to Cathar, Alek was sent to Omonoth as a representative for Revan's faction of the Jedi, responding to the invitation Lord Arkoh Adasca—who was the eighth Lord of the House of Adasca—had extended to Revan. Prior to Alek's departure, several Jedi had experienced visions regarding the possible importance of Lord Adasca's "discovery" and the role it could play in the ongoing conflict. Alek was instructed by Revan to ensure this new danger was taken "out of the mix." Upon his arrival aboard the Arkanian Legacy, Lord Adasca's flagship, Alek was reunited both with Jarael and with Rohlan Dyre, the rogue Mandalorian he had met at Flashpoint. During this time, Alek confided to Jarael that he did not believe Zayne Carrick was guilty of the charges levied against him. She attempted to make Alek see that Adasca was a madman, but she was quickly interrupted and restrained by Adasca. Later aboard the vessel, when Lord Adasca's plan to use exogorths—giant worm-like creatures—as destructive biological weapons was revealed, Alek reacted with disgust, feeling such a force was too powerful to be entrusted to any government. Adasca, the leader of Adascorp, felt otherwise, since immediately after his true intentions for the meeting were divulged, he indicated he wished to ally himself with the strongest suitor. Alek's disgust transformed into alarm and he lit his lightsaber when the final party to the negotiations announced his arrival via transmission.[4]

As Mandalore the Ultimate, the leader of the Mandalorians, entered the Legacy, Alek leapt forward and ignited his lightsaber, in an attempt to kill Mandalore and end the war. Predicting the attack, Mandalore quickly struck him down with his newly made battle axe, knocking the young Jedi off his feet. While Mandalore and Adasca were discussing the Exogorth deal, Alek tried to convince the Republic Admiral Saul Karath, who was invited to the meeting by one of Adasca's servants named Eejee Vamm,[19] to arrest them, but Karath would not take that risk while they were outnumbered. When Adasca struck Jarael for talking in her wrist-comlink to Camper, who had been involved with the exogorth project nearly forty years before, Alek ignited his lightsaber and put the blade near Adasca's throat, warning him not to hurt her again. He then deactivated the weapon, allowing the discussion to continue. He also expressed disbelief that Mandalore would offer Adasca a powerful position in the Mandalorian war effort in exchange for the device controlling the exogorths, as well as Admiral Karath for offering Republic territory for the device.[20]

When the Mandalorians boarded the Courageous, Karath's command ship, after the devastating events of the battle at Serroco, Zayne Carrick, along with Admiral Karath, and Lieutenants Carth Onasi and Dallan Morvis, escaped on the Deadweight, Onasi's ship.[21] After Karath received a transmission regarding Adasca's meeting from Vamm,[19] Carrick eventually boarded the Legacy with Karath, Onasi, and Morvis. Carrick was then imprisoned with his former Master Lucien Draay,[20] who had been ordered by Haazen, a co-founder of the Jedi Covenant, to investigate Adasca,[19] who was an old friend of Draay's.[20] After Draay and Carrick destroyed the HK-24 units watching them, they met up with Onasi and Dyre and worked together to crate a plan to put an end to Adasca's scheme. When Carrick, who was dressed in spare armor that had been given to Dyre earlier by Mandalore, started a diversion, Alek immediately knew what was going on and participated in the brawl that erupted. Alek, along with Carrick, Draay, Onasi, Karath, Jarael, Dyre, and Morvis, escaped the Legacy observation dome as the exogorths under Vandrayk's command devoured it, killing Adasca. While Karath, Morvis, and Onasi escaped on the Deadweight, the others searched for another ship because Alek's ship was taken by civilians. Alek was later shocked that Draay would deny them passage just to get to Carrick but fortunately, the arrival of the Moomo Williwaw, the starship of the Ithorian bounty hunters Dob and Del Moomo, intervened. Alek traveled with Carrick to Taris to help the Resistance there.[22]

When the Williwaw returned to Taris the ship was hassled by Mandalorians who had recently invaded the world. When Dyre managed to get the Mandalorians to fly away from the ship, Alek gave signal to Carrick, who was dressed in Mandalorian armor that he had acquired from Dyre on the Legacy. With the aid of a jetpack, Carrick then rocketed down to the city below. After he did this, Alek and the crew flew off in the Williwaw.[23] Alek later engaged in a sparring match with Jarael, in which she bested him. The match brought the two closer together, with him explaining to her that the Jedi had refrained from emotional relationships since the Great Sith War. He was interested in her romantically, but she was reluctant since she hadn't gotten over her abuse by Adasca. Unconvinced, Alek told her to ask herself if it was the timing or if it was just him that she didn't want to have a relationship with.[24]

Against the Jedi CovenantEdit

That's why I'm pleased you've approved my first motion—ordering the recall, and, if necessary, detention of the prowar renegades! Including Alek of Quelii, whose rogue actions in the Adasca affair, including aiding the fugitive Zayne Carrick, I have duly reported.

Lucien Draay, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 29: Exalted, Part 1
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Alek, along with Jarael and Dyre, eventually landed on Jebble in the Williwaw to rescue Zayne Carrick, who had left Taris with a Jedi Knight and Shadow Celeste Morne, to pursue an ancient Sith amulet known as the Muur Talisman.[25] A base had been set up on the planet for Mandalorian troops planning to capture the peaceful planet of Alderaan, but the Rakghoul Plague, which was caused by the Muur Talisman, had spread through the base, turning all of the Mandalorians into Rakghouls, deformed mutants that usually lived in the Undercity of Taris.[26][27] While they were leaving Jebble in the Williwaw, the Mandalorian fleet commanded by Cassus Fett—Mandalore's primary strategist—arrived. In order to stop the plague from further spreading, Carrick sent a message to Fett, warning him not to land his troops on the surface. Fett took the warning most seriously—when the Williwaw had left, he ordered a nuclear bombardment of the planet. Changed by the apparent death of Morne, who had seemingly died during the bombing, Carrick reminded Alek that he owed him a favor from Flashpoint Station, and asked Alek, along with the rest of the crew of the Williwaw, to help stop the Jedi Covenant.[28]

Before they separated once more, Alek told Carrick to bring evidence of what the Covenant was doing to the Jedi High Council. Soon after, Lucien Draay, the former Master of Carrick, gained a seat on the High Council on Coruscant. In the Council Chamber before the other Masters, Draay claimed that the path sought by Revan was wrong—wrong for the Republic, and the Jedi. Therefore, Draay's first motion was to order the recall, and, if necessary, the detention of the Revanchists, including Alek, as well as any renegade Jedi.[1]

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While searching for Sith artifacts that were owned by the Covenant on the planet Odryn, Carrick told Jarael that Alek, along with Shel Jelavan—whose brother was killed by the Covenant—went on ahead to Coruscant for "his part of the plan."[1] Alek and Jelavan sent out a holographic transmission to Masters Vandar Tokare and Vrook Lamar on Coruscant. However, due to the arrest warrant for the Revanchists, Alek went under the guise of "Captain Malak" and adorned blue tattoos on his head. Alek and Jelavan met up with Lamar and Tokare inside a cantina in the underlevels of Coruscant to discuss evidence pertaining to the Padawan Massacre. Following the end of their testimony, they arrived at the rendezvous point to meet with Carrick and Hierogryph. Despite Alek's assurances of clearing Carrick's name, Lamar said that if they accused Krynda Draay, the founder of the Covenant, they would tear the Order apart, stating that what they needed was one of the Masters to stand up and confess. At that moment, Master Xamar, one of the Covenant's members, appeared with his lightsaber leveled at Carrick and Hierogryph's throats.[8] Xamar ultimately handed Carrick and Hierogryph over to the Jedi, and agreed to go before the Council. He testified to the Councilors, telling them everything he knew about the Covenant's illegal activities, and agreed to accept whatever fate they decreed for him, with a single caveat: that Krynda Draay be given full immunity if and when action was taken against the Covenant.[29] After Alek himself testified for Carrick, he was sent to the Revanchists with a final warning. He went under protest, telling Jarael that he would remain "Malak," "until there was an end to the war's suffering."[30]

Vision to JaraelEdit

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A few months after the events of Vindication, in which the Jedi Covenant was disbanded, Zayne Carrick, now a free man, was participating in the Tandem Open—a swoop-dueling event organized on Jervo's World, a large network of swoop-dueling arenas, above the world of Pantolomin. Jarael, who was accompanying Carrick, had a vision through the Force while resting aboard the Hot Prospect, a Calipsan mining ship that Trandoshan crew member Slyssk purchased when Marn Hierogryph sent him to buy a ship. In the vision, she was back on Taris in the Jedi Tower, wearing the red spacesuit and wielding Zayne Carrick's old yellow lightsaber. But instead of Carrick's former Jedi Masters, she saw the men who had played significant roles in her life over the past few months: Malak, Rohlan Dyre, Demagol and Arkoh Adasca. The four men who expressed interest in Jarael in reality, told her that the reason for that was hidden within herself, pointing to her clouded past and mysterious destiny. A moment later Zayne Carrick appeared in the vision as well, bound in chains and blaming Jarael for betraying him. A mysterious woman who held Carrick's chains told Jarael that he now belonged to her and left her at the mercy of the four men.[31]

The final battlesEdit

Revan and Malak were heroes, the great saviors of the Republic.

Dorak, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

The entrance of Revan and his Jedi into the war marked its turning point. Revan's military strategies and tactics, coupled with Malak's courage and determination, saw the pair becoming the foremost heroes of the conflict. Claiming victory time after time, they were propelled through the ranks of the Republic military and were eventually given direct control over the entire Republic fleet.[7] With his newfound authority, Revan spearheaded the Republic war effort and began to steadily push the Mandalorians back,[2] and though he lacked the military genius of Revan, Malak proved himself an incredibly capable war leader. He would eventually gain a reputation as a headstrong warrior who would recklessly charge into danger.[32]

Together, Revan and Malak liberated Taris, fought Cassus Fett at Jaga's Cluster, and defeated much of the Mandalorian army at Althir. Yet, despite such victories, there were concerns raised over the Jedi's behavior. The pair began to adopt similar characteristics to the Mandalorians they were fighting, growing to despise weakness and indecisiveness in all its forms. The Jedi Masters they had left behind believed that Revan, Malak, and the Jedi that had joined them were only offering easy solutions to the galaxy's problems, fearing that much woe would result from their recklessness. Their fears were not without foundation. Over the war's course, Malak and Revan changed much from the idealistic men that had first broken away from the Jedi Council. Ultimate victory became all that mattered to them, and in order to ensure it, Malak and Revan met their enemies' brutal, merciless tactics with a ruthlessness of their own.[2][16]

Developing a cold, calculating disposition uncharacteristic of Jedi, "moral shortcuts" became common practice under their leadership, as did a number of other unsavory acts. If a world had no strategic significance, then it had no significance, regardless of the cost in sentient life. Though there were those who frowned upon such actions, the vast majority of the galaxy cared only that Revan and Malak were winning the war for them and hailed them as heroes.[2] This heroic reputation was finally cemented during the final battle of the war, where Revan forced a final confrontation with the Mandalorians over Malachor V. His plan was to unleash the recently constructed Mass Shadow Generator on the planet, wiping out the majority of the Mandalorian fleet, as well as those Republic forces and Jedi who were not fervently loyal to him. Trusting the device's activation to a capable Jedi General who would later become known as the Jedi Exile,[16] Revan battled and killed Mandalore the Ultimate himself. The battle resulted in catastrophic losses on both sides. In the end, many Jedi were twisted to the dark side, and the once proud Mandalorian clans were crippled, just as Revan had intended. After having crushed their opponents, however, the by now legendary Jedi Knights did not return. Instead they led the remainder of their forces into the Unknown Regions, claiming to be hunting down surviving Mandalorians. For a year afterwards, nothing was heard from them, and the Republic feared its heroes lost.[2]

In search of the Star ForgeEdit

If we pass beyond this door, we can never go back. The Order will surely banish us.

Malak, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
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The truth was somewhat different. Sometime during the Mandalorian Wars, Revan found a Rakatan Star Map in the old ruins near the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine. Avoiding detection by the Jedi, they delved into the ancient ruins. After successfully passing the "trials" set for them by the guard droid that had been left behind by the so called "Builders," they were given access to the Star Map. However, moments before they crossed the threshold that would lead them to this prize, Malak warned Revan of the consequences. Such words did not dissuade Revan from continuing through the door to the Star Map, however. Though a part of Malak yearned to return to the Jedi Order, he remained at his friend's side, knowing that once he crossed the threshold, there would be no chance of ever going back to the life he once had.[2]

In the final year of the Mandalorian Wars, Revan found another Star Map on the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk. Shortly after that, Revan traveled to Malachor V, where he discovered the Trayus Academy and delved deeply into the Sith secrets contained within.[7] Revan introduced Malak to those Sith teachings, causing him to fall to the dark side.[33] Thoroughly committed to uniting the galaxy beneath his authority, Revan was determined to uncover the secret location of an ancient superweapon known as the Star Forge, a relic of the Infinite Empire of the Rakata, a species that ruled the galaxy approximately 20,000 standard years before. Malak followed his Master in his wake.[2]

After the Mandalorian Wars' conclusion, Revan and Malak would go on to uncover three more Star Maps on the desert world Tatooine, the Selkath homeworld Manaan, and the ancient Sith tombworld Korriban. Though the order in which they did so is unknown, Malak and Revan had both visited Korriban at least once when they were known as Jedi, suggesting that they may have gone to this planet during—rather than following—the Mandalorian Wars. Even so, the unconfirmed sightings of Revan and Malak on numerous worlds throughout their year-long disappearance implied that they visited these planets after the Mandalorian Wars' conclusion.[2]

Sith apprenticeEdit

When they left after the Mandalorian Wars ended, they were Jedi. When they returned… they were something else.

Carth Onasi, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
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Fallen Jedi Revan and Malak proclaim themselves the new Dark Lords of the Sith.

With the information obtained from the five Star Maps, Revan and Malak were able to travel to the previously unknown Rakata system. Upon their arrival, the pair immediately crashed on Rakata Prime. Shortly after, they were attacked by the primitive Black Rakata, who attempted to take them prisoners. However, after the pair displayed their Force powers, the natives were quickly cowed into submission. Though Revan initially negotiated with the One, who led the Black Rakata, he switched to winning the favor of the Elders—a Rakatan tribe that the Black Rakata was at war with—after it became apparent that none among the Black Rakata had relevant information pertaining to the Star Forge. Unlike their violent introduction to the Black Rakata, Revan and Malak approached the Elders in peace, learning from them much of the Rakata and their old empire—and of the disruptor field that had caused their ship to crash. Increasingly aware of the abhorrence the Elders held for their species' violent past, Revan and Malak styled themselves as servants of the light, searching for a way to destroy the Star Forge. After having gained their trust, the Elders gave Revan and Malak access to the temple, and thanking them, the pair promised to destroy the Star Forge and return.[2]

Instead, Revan took control of the Star Forge, and he and Malak declared themselves the new Dark Lords of the Sith. In 3,959 BBY, they returned to Korriban and seized control of the planet, establishing a new Sith Academy.[7] A year after their apparent disappearance, Revan and Malak returned to known space at the head of a massive invasion fleet. Openly revealing themselves as Sith Lords, they and all those that followed them declared war on the Republic and the Jedi Order,[2] beginning a twenty-year campaign to end the "tyranny" of the Jedi Council once and for all.[34]

At one point under Darth Revan's tutelage, Malak saw his Master as being soft, resulting in a tension that culminated in a lightsaber duel, in which Malak's entire jaw was removed by a lightsaber strike from Revan himself.[7] He was forced to wear a large metal prosthesis cover over where his jaw had once been. A portion of the device allowed Malak to talk, but his voice now reverberated with a gruff electronic tone because his cybernetic jaw could not move. During this time, Revan constructed HK-47, an assassin droid. When Malak asked the droid what he thought of him, he "informed him of his meatbag status." Revan found the term amusing and programmed HK to call all organics such. In the year 3,958 BBY, the Republic admiral Saul Karath, who had served under Revan and Malak in the Mandalorian Wars, betrayed the Republic by giving the Sith codes to bypass a Republic Navy docking bay's scanners—which allowed the Sith forces to sweep in and destroy over half of the docked ships before they had time to react.[2] Sometime after this, Revan promoted Karath as the commander of the entire Sith fleet.[35] As a final test of loyalty to the Sith, Darth Malak ordered Karath to destroy the planet of Telos IV.[36] Karath complied, killing millions of innocent people and earning the wrath of surviving Telosians, including the Republic commander Carth Onasi, who once considered Karath his mentor and Malak a hero. Revan had actually intended to conquer Telos before Malak gave the order to Karath to destroy it.[2] At some point during the Jedi Civil War, Darth Malak also bombed out the planet of Iridonia, the Zabrak homeworld.[37]

Though a powerful Sith Lord, the ambitious Darth Malak began to chafe under the dominion of Revan as the war progressed. The man who had once been Revan's staunchest ally and most loyal friend began to eagerly await an opportunity to replace his Sith Master.[2]

Dark Lord of the SithEdit

Betraying the MasterEdit

I betrayed you when I realized my own strength was greater than yours.

Darth Malak, to Revan on the Star Forge., Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

The moment to take Revan's place came when in 3,957 BBY, the Jedi Council sent a strike team, of which the Jedi Padawan Bastila Shan was part of, aiming to capture both Revan and Malak. Shan's team had managed to corner Revan on the bridge of his flagship when Malak, who was separated from his Master, ordered the guns of his ship to fire on Revan's in an attempt to slay both his Master and the Jedi, specifically Shan because of her power with Battle Meditation, a Force power that enabled her to strengthen the Republic forces' resolve and coordinate their fighting effort while sapping the will of their enemies.[2]

Unknown to Malak, Shan saved the life of Revan and brought him to the Jedi Council, where his mind was reprogrammed. Though he failed in this attempt on Revan's life, his Master had been incapacitated during the attack. Believing himself to have been successful, Darth Malak assumed command of the Sith Empire, at last taking the mantle of Dark Lord for himself. A small part of Malak always regretted betraying his Master from afar. He knew there would be some who thought and claimed that he was a coward, that he had acted out of fear, or that he did not want to face Revan in personal combat again.[2]

The search for BastilaEdit

I am more interested in the young Jedi Bastila and her Battle Meditation. Have you learned how she escaped the destruction of Taris?

Darth Malak, to Saul Karath, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
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Although his stratagems and tactics centered around brute force,[16] the sheer size of Malak's armadas allowed him to win many victories over the battered and outnumbered Republic forces.[2] Unlike his former Sith Master Revan, Malak would destroy worlds rather than capture them, ensuring that neither side of the conflict had vital resources. He fueled the Star Forge, which was modified to produce the ships and assault droids of the Sith fleet, by using the Force powers of captured Jedi Knights to augment the input of the Unknown World's sun.[38] He took a former Jedi whose quest for power had set him apart from his fellow students, and named him Darth Bandon,[32] taking him as his Shadow Hand and elevating the young Sith to the second-in-command in the Sith Empire.[7] Jedi that were not killed by Malak's Sith forces fell from the light and swore their allegiance to the Dark Lord, and more and more planets fell to his forces. While the war against the Republic was going well, Malak feared the Jedi Bastila Shan's rare gift with Battle meditation, whose skill with this ability surpassed even the powerful Masters of the Order, making her a grave threat to the entire Sith war effort.[2]

Darth Malak expended tremendous resources in an attempt to locate and capture Shan. He nearly succeeded when his apprentice, Darth Bandon, led an attack on her ship, the Endar Spire, above the planet Taris. Shan, among other Republic soldiers, was forced to evacuate via an escape pod. She crashed into the lower levels of Taris, and, to prevent her from leaving, Malak blockaded the planet. Later becoming impatient, and not wanting Shan to escape, he ordered Admiral Saul Karath to destroy the planet. Shan nonetheless was able to return unharmed to Dantooine on the light freighter called the Ebon Hawk thanks to the efforts of the Republic commander Carth Onasi, the amnesiac Revan—who was unaware of his former identity as the Dark Lord—and their companions. Under the Jedi Enclave's orders, they began a search for the Star Forge.[2]

Soon after, a bounty hunter named Calo Nord, who had also escaped Taris's destruction, was hired by Malak to track down the group, capture Shan, and kill her companions. One of her companions, however, was revealed by Karath to be Revan, Malak's old Master, whom he had long believed dead. Despite Nord's galaxywide reputation, he did not survive his next encounter with Revan. After his death, Admiral Karath informed Malak of Nord's failure. Malak told Karath that no mere bounty hunter could stand against a Jedi, and, as to not make the same mistake again, he sent his apprentice, Darth Bandon, ordering him to find Shan and to bring her to him alive, if at all possible. There had been rumors that Bandon would challenge Malak for the right to rule, as was the manner of the Sith.[39] However, such ambitions never had time to develop into plots, because Bandon failed in his efforts to capture Shan, and was killed by Revan after he found the fourth Star Map. Sometime before Revan and his crew found that Star Map, Malak and his Sith forces attacked Dantooine. They destroyed the Jedi Enclave and killed many, Jedi and civilian alike. Malak also captured eight Jedi for later use on the Star Forge.[2] Malak plundered through the ruins, looking for Jedi artifacts. The Jedi Council had sensed this would happen, and tried to evacuate everyone, but it was too late. The Council managed to escape, however, and some of the Jedi holocrons and relics were moved to another location.[16]

Revelation on the LeviathanEdit

You cannot hide from what you once were, Revan! Recognize that you were once the Dark Lord—and know that I have taken your place!

Malak, to his old Master, Revan, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
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While on their search for the fifth and final Star Map, Revan and the crew of the Ebon Hawk were captured by the Sith and brought on board the Leviathan, Admiral Karath's vessel. Karath then tortured and interrogated Revan, Shan, and Onasi in an attempt to find out what their mission was, and how the Jedi learned of the Star Forge. When they refused to answer, Karath told the three that the Sith had attacked Dantooine and destroyed the Jedi Academy, and left them in their force cages, promising them that Malak would be there to interrogate them soon. Sometime after Karath left, the Ebon Hawk crew member that Revan chose to break him and the rest of the crew out of the Sith's detention level managed to free them all. After they retrieved their equipment, the crew split in two groups; Shan, Onasi, and Revan headed to the bridge of the Leviathan to lower the ship's shields, disable the tractor beam, and unlock the door to the docking bay, while the Mandalorian Canderous Ordo led the rest of the crew to the docking bay so that they could deal with the guards.[2]

When Shan, Onasi and Revan made their way to the bridge, they were confronted by Admiral Karath, who informed them that Malak was on his way. After Shan confirmed this, Karath said that if they would surrender, he would ask Malak to be merciful. Onasi said that he had seen enough of Sith mercy, and a fight broke out, which ended when Karath was struck down. Mortally wounded, Karath asked Onasi to come closer to him, and told him about Revan's true identity, telling Onasi to remember his dying words whenever he looked at those he thought were his friends. After Karath died, Onasi demanded answers from Shan, who convinced him to wait until they escaped aboard the Ebon Hawk.[2]

Before the three made it to the docking bay, Malak arrived, hindering their escape. During a discussiion with them, Malak discovered that Revan still had no knowledge of his time as the Dark Lord. Amused, Malak told Revan the truth about his former identity of the Dark Lord, which had been wiped by the Jedi. Revan, who was shocked by the revelation, asked Shan if this was true. She confirmed the fact, saying she was part of the Jedi strike team sent to capture him. Following their brief discussion, Malak created a stasis field around Shan and Onasi and prepared to end his former Master. Revan proved himself a capable swordsman however, holding his own against the Dark Lord. Malak had always regretted betraying his Master from afar, for because of it, others claimed that he was a coward, but now he had been given a second chance to prove himself. However, Shan intervened so that Revan and Onasi could escape, and Malak defeated and captured her.[2]

Training BastilaEdit

Such resolve in your words, but I see the truth in your heart. The dark side calls to you, Bastila. You hunger to taste it. Become my apprentice, and all its power can be yours!

Darth Malak, to Bastila Shan, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Malak attempted to make Shan turn to the dark side and become his apprentice, torturing her with Force lightning. She was at first firm, saying that torture would never turn her, but Malak told her that instead of merely torture, it was a taste of the power of the dark side, which could be hers. After a week of torture, he eventually succeeded in breaking her and finally turned her to the dark side.[40] He made Shan his new apprentice, replacing the previously slain Darth Bandon. The true reason Malak chose Shan to be his apprentice was the advantage the Sith Empire could gain from her battle meditation. It was not surprising that Malak's fate would be bound up tightly with Shan's. Both Shan and Malak were courageous and arrogant, and both ignored the warnings of their Jedi Masters to beware the call of the dark side.[2]

The Star ForgeEdit

You made a mistake coming here, Revan. The Star Forge fuels my command of the dark side. You are no match for me here. And this time you will not escape!

Darth Malak, to Revan, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
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The preparations for the Star Forge were nearing completion. Every day it added new ships to the Sith fleet, and operated at three hundred percent of what the Sith army projected. The fleet was merely awaiting Malak's instructions, and the Dark Lord was confident that they would be invincible once Shan joined her battle meditation to it. Assuming they would be victorious, Malak was already planning to begin the final conquest of the core worlds and crush the Republic forever.[2]

Finally, reaching the end of their journey, Revan and his crew sent the coordinates for the Star Forge to the Republic Admiral Forn Dodonna, so that she could take the Republic fleet and attack the Sith and their spacestation. When the Jedi penetrated their defenses, Malak was not surprised. He ordered one of his Dark Jedi to dispatch the Star Forge battle droids to deal with them, but he underestimated the Jedi, and soon that same Dark Jedi brought news of the droids' failure. Malak was at first surprised that any Jedi could stand against an army of Star Forge droids, but then he was told that Revan was with the Jedi. Though he knew they would not kill Revan, Malak dispatched the Sith troops and Dark Jedi on the Star Forge against Revan so that they would slow him down enough for Malak to fully prepare the Star Forge's defenses.[2]

Malak summoned his new apprentice, Bastila Shan, and told her that Revan was on the Star Forge. She feared Revan’s power, but Malak said that if she defeated him she would prove herself worthy of being his apprentice. Shan said she would not fail him again. After their conversation, Malak later mused that perhaps Shan would be able to defeat Revan, but even if she failed, it would give Malak the necessary time to prepare his defenses. After defeating an attack force of Forge droids, killing nearly all of Malak's Dark Jedi and Sith forces, and convincing Shan to return to the light side, Revan confronted Malak who was using the Force to choke two Jedi prisoners. Malak then threw his lightsaber into one and blasted the other with Force lightning, effectively killing both. Revan then told Malak that if he surrendered the Jedi might show him mercy, but Malak replied that the wiping one of one’s identity was no act of mercy, and that he would rather die. He then unleashed the unlimited army of Star Forge battle droids upon Revan and escaped to the Star Forge's observation tower.[2]

Final confrontation and deathEdit

Im…impossible. I…I cannot be beaten. I am the Dark Lord of the Sith.

Darth Malak, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Shadows and Light

The death of Darth Malak as seen in Duron Qel-Droma's vision.

Revan, however, managed to stop the droids from attacking and followed Malak to the observation tower. Realizing that Revan had become much stronger than he ever was as the Dark Lord, Darth Malak said that he could break his former Master's will and make Revan his apprentice, seeing as how he would be a far greater asset to him than even Shan and her battle meditation. He then theorized that perhaps Revan was too powerful to be his apprentice, and that when and if Revan became stronger than him, he would betray him, as he himself had betrayed Revan. The former Dark Lord said that he would never turn to the dark side again, which Malak said were "foolish words."[2]

After this, they began a lightsaber duel, in which the victor, unlike in their previous duels, would decide the fate of the galaxy.[41] Revan proved himself to be a better lightsaber duelist, almost defeating Malak, but the Dark Lord withdrew from battle, explaining to Revan that he could not be defeated. He told Revan that he had brought the bodies of Jedi from the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine to the Star Forge, but instead of letting them become one with the Force, he drained the life-forces from them, transferring it to himself. It was not enough to defeat Revan, however. He freed as many Jedi as he could and allowed them to become one with the Force, shortening Malak’s supply of energy.[2]

Malak was eventually brought to his knees, mortally wounded. Amazed that he had been defeated, Malak began to regret turning to the dark side. Revan apologized to his old friend for starting him down the dark path, but reminded him that he chose to continue down that path. Malak told Revan that maybe there was more truth in the Jedi Code than he ever believed, and wondered what would have happened if their positions had been reversed. Realizing that he alone had to accept responsibility for his fate, Malak told Revan that he wanted to be Master of the Sith and the ruler of the galaxy, but said that destiny was not his. He felt that it might have been Revan's, perhaps, but never his. With his dying words, Malak realized that in the end, as the darkness took him, he was nothing. Malak died with sorrow and regret over his deeds, but without hatred or malice towards Revan, his one-time closest friend. His corpse was consumed by the flames of the dying Star Forge as the Republic fleet destroyed the ancient spacestation.[2]

LegacyEdit

He left quite a mess.

G0-T0, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
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The atrocities that Darth Malak committed would overshadow his good deeds as a Jedi Knight in galactic history. Although Revan was remembered, and even admired by some, including Canderous Ordo, for his tactical genius and subtleties, Malak was remembered by others, such as the droid and Exchange crime boss G0-T0, as something of a brute who left the galaxy in quite a mess. Many sentients, including the Jedi Mical, thought the situation would have been completely different if Revan had remained as the Dark Lord. While Revan's strategies would have led to a stronger and more unified galaxy, Malak's genocidal reign only caused a greater destabilization of the galaxy and nearly destroyed all of Revan's original goals, with the exception of creating a stronger and more unified Republic in case he failed to conquer the galaxy.[16]

When Revan first introduced Malak to his assassin droid, HK-47, the droid liked Malak, and told Revan after his reconditioning by the Jedi that Malak was efficient and brutal, although he would have "gladly removed his entrails" when he first met Malak if he had known that Malak would betray Revan.[42] After the Jedi Civil War, HK-47 thought of Malak as "an angry club," who was given to grandiose displays of brutality and murder that seemed inefficient—and in many cases, unnecessary. However, the Echani Handmaiden Brianna was of the opinion that when Malak destroyed Taris, it showed his heart through its execution and intent. She felt that while the planet's destruction was brutal and without finesse, it showed his commitment to defeat the Jedi.[16]

Revan's tactics in galactic conquest included relying on the Star Forge only to a certain extent, sparing worlds with military and economic significance from the brutality of conquest, killing off political and military figures who were destabilizing the galaxy, and converting many to his cause rather than simply annihilating them outright. Malak, on the other hand, used tactics that were obvious compared to that of his Master's. Instead of utilizing the same strategies exhibited by Revan, he relied on overwhelming the enemy with brutality and numbers. In the end, the destruction that Malak caused, in comparison to Revan's thought-out goals, would paint Malak as a monster who, despite all his attempts to gain absolute power, was still inferior compared to Revan.[16]

Although Malak was gone, Revan's final duel with him would not be the last anyone ever saw of him. While exploring a shyrack cave on Korriban, the Jedi Exile discovered the lost tomb of the ancient Sith Lord Ludo Kressh, where she encountered visions from her past. The first vision encountered was an apparition of the young Malak, before his fall to the dark side. As the Exile looked on, Malak slowly lured several Jedi to his side, including Bastila Shan. When the Exile refused to join him, Malak and the other apparitions attacked. The Exile prevailed, and made it through the tomb alive after experiencing several more visions, including one of Malak's former Sith Master, Revan.[16]

One year after Darth Malak's death and the defeat of his Sith Empire, Revan, now in possession of his full memories from his time as the Dark Lord, vanished from known space to search for a mysterious Sith faction known only as the "True Sith". Four years after Revan's disappearance, the Jedi Exile left in search of Revan to help him combat these Sith, after she had defeated Darth Traya and her Sith Triumvirate.[16] Approximately three centuries after Darth Malak's death, it was presumed that Revan never returned from the Unknown Regions.[43] However, the True Sith Empire, which was led by a mysterious Sith Emperor, that Revan went to battle launched an attack on the Republic, igniting a war that lasted for decades until the Sith Emperor signed a treaty with the Republic. An image of Darth Malak was featured in a record of the event that was produced by the Kel Dor Jedi Master Gnost-Dural for the Jedi Archives.[44]

Personality and traitsEdit

Your predecessor once made the mistake of questioning my orders, Admiral. Surely you are not so foolish as to make the same mistake?

Darth Malak, to Saul Karath, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
File:Malak Jawless.jpg

Malak was a pale-skinned human male who stood at two meters in height.[3] His head was adorned with blue tattoos, which he received while helping Zayne Carrick clear his name.[8] He later wore a large metal shield that covered his face from his upper lip down. The shield was a prosthesis made necessary by a lightsaber injury that completely severed his lower jaw,[3] inflicted by none other than his Sith Master, Darth Revan.[7] A portion of this device allowed Malak to talk, but his voice was now reverberated with a gruff electronic tone, creating a disconcerting effect since his cybernetic jaw didn't move.[2] During his time as the Dark Lord of the Sith, Malak wore a set of skin-tight red-orange body armor that showed off his physique, draped in a half-cape of black cloth. As a Jedi, he used a lightsaber containing a blue crystal;[4] after he fell to the dark side, Malak used a self-built lightsaber[7] that produced a red blade, longer than the one produced by standard lightsabers. The hilt was identical to that of a shoto.[2] He also possessed a powerful Sith sword[7] recovered from Korriban, although he rarely used it in combat.[45]

As a Jedi, Alek Squinquargesimus was an optimistic young Jedi with a distinctive sense of justice, which he shared with his friend and "Master", Revan. Because of his opinion of the passiveness of the Jedi Order, he joined Revan's campaign against the Mandalorians, thinking that the Order would not be able to solve the conflict.[2] For him, the option to enter the darkness to save the light was not excluded, if it was required.[5] Even when being tortured by the Mandalorian Demagol, Alek did not lose his sense of humor.[6] Believing the Council had failed to uphold the Jedi Order's solemn vow as the "guardians of peace and justice," Alek not only joined Revan, but greatly aided him in recruiting hundreds of like-minded Jedi that had become disillusioned and resentful of the Council's leadership. Not only was Alek proud to stand at his closest friend's side in defense of the Republic, he sought to defend the ideals of the Republic, such as freedom and justice, and believed that in doing so, he was fulfilling what the Jedi Council failed to do: defending the peoples of the Republic that the Jedi had sworn to protect.[2] While many credited Revan's military strategies for the Republic's success during the Mandalorian Wars, others were quick to point to Alek's fierce courage and relentless fury at the forefront of every battle as the key to the Republic's victory.[38]

Since the victories during the Mandalorian Wars corresponded frequently with crushing moral compromises, Alek sensed that he was falling to the dark side, but he saw no alternative. Knowing that he would face this dilemma, the horrors of the war weren't a mystery to him. After he and Revan defeated the Mandalorians at Malachor V, he realized that all his efforts would be for naught if a strong hand didn't control the galaxy. In actuality, he knew the only people he could put his faith in were the soldiers he had fought with, feeling they were capable defenders. That was when Alek understood the dark side, believing that it was named from the ignorance of never having killed, of never having to order friends to their deaths, of always thinking that today was your day to die—all for cowards unwilling to fight for their own safety—and ignorance of what it meant to wield power. Alek shared his thoughts with his closest friend and brother-in-arms Revan, finding that he agreed, understanding Alek's mindset completely.[7]

Even after his initial fall to the dark side, a part of Malak still held true to the Jedi. At the beginning of Darth Revan's quest to find the Star Forge, Malak was apprehensive, knowing that if he followed Revan any further, he would forever forsake his commitment to the Jedi and the Republic. Yet despite further corruption by the dark side, especially after he betrayed Revan, Malak was never fully able to rid himself of the good in him. Moments before he died from wounds inflicted by a redeemed Revan, Malak allowed himself to let go of his hate and anger, reflecting on what his life could have been like if he had not been corrupted by Revan or if he had the strength to forsake the dark side and return to the light, as Revan did. Malak died with sorrow and regret over his deeds, and without hatred or malice towards his one-time closest friend.[2]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

This is but a taste of the dark side to whet your appetite.

Darth Malak, to Bastila Shan, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
File:Darth Malak.jpg

Having been a Jedi Guardian,[46] Darth Malak was a skilled lightsaber duelist. He spoke and comprehended several languages, including Basic and the Sith language.[7] Contrasting his Sith Master Revan, Malak used brute force rather than strategy to defeat his enemies, as demonstrated when he ordered both the bombing of Telos IV and the destruction of Taris.[2] Malak also utilized his influence and charisma to successfully attract many Jedi to join him and Revan against the Mandalorians, including the Jedi Exile.[47]

As a Jedi, Malak was known to have used the Force as a means of protection and for healing.[47] When he was a Sith Lord, Malak could use the Force to choke more than one person at a time, demonstrating this ability to Revan when he simultaneously choked two Jedi that he had captured just before their final confrontation. Immediately after that, he also displayed his ability to throw his lightsaber, igniting and throwing it at one of the captured Jedi's chest, killing him. His strength with the Force enabled him to create a whirlwind of Force energy that would encircle his victim, and he could use the Force to create a stasis field which froze his enemies in place. Malak was also proficient in using the Force to augment his speed, and could also use it to supress the abilities of another Force-user. He could render himself virtually invulnerable to most Force powers for a limited amount of time, and could also use the Force to leap large distances in order to reach his enemy.[2]

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The Dark Lord also could use the Force to amplify his screams, triggering shock waves that rippled through the Force. Malak could also use the Force to tap into his innermost fears, pain and hate, and convert them into intense anger, channeling it to increase his speed, strength, and ferocity. His connection to the dark side gave him the use of Dark Healing,[7] an ability that fueled regenerative processes by draining the life force of another.[48] He was also skilled in the use of Sith sorcery.[7] During his time as a Sith, Malak was especially proficient in the use of Force lightning, which he continually used with ease while torturing Bastila Shan and while dueling his former Master for the last time.[2]

Behind the scenesEdit

"We needed a reason for the player to have fallen from power and lost his memory, so we introduced Darth Malak… Malak's cybernetic parts were added [to the design] relatively early… much like the Ebon Hawk/Millenium Falcon we wanted to evoke images of Darth Vader without being considered a carbon copy."
―James Ohlen, the lead designer of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, on why Bioware created Darth Malak[src]
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Darth Malak was created by Bioware as the primary antagonist for the 2003 PC and Xbox video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. In both Knights of the Old Republic and its sequel, The Sith Lords, he was voiced by the actor Rafael Ferrer.[49] According to the Knights of the Old Republic video game's lead designer James Ohlen, as the designers at Bioware began to flesh out their initial story about Revan, they realized they needed a good antagonist.[3] Malak’s immigration experience was inspired, according to John Jackson Miller, by the character Vito Corleone of The Godfather movies, who took the name of his Italian hometown when he came to America.[50] In the article "The 100 Greatest Things About Star Wars… Ever!", which appeared in Star Wars Insider 100, Malak came in the twenty-third place, being beat out by his Sith apprentice, Darth Bandon, who came in at twenty-second place.[32]

In the letters section of the twenty-ninth issue of the Knights of the Old Republic comic series, John Jackson Miller said that the comics would "speak to the matter of Revan and Malak—perhaps sooner than you may think."[1] Also, in production notes for the same issue, he said that now we know where Malak was from, that there would be more information to come.[51] According to the Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide, Darth Malak held a rank called the "Sith Magnus".[7] Abel G. Peña, who wrote Malak's section in the campaign guide, said on his official thread on Starwars.com that while the Sith Magnus position is canonical, he couldn't elaborate on its meaning yet.[52]

In the Exile's vision of Malak in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Malak wields a red-bladed lightsaber,[16] although in the Knights of the Old Republic comics he wields a blue one.[4] According to the official player's guide, Malak's lightsaber, which contains a violet crystal, can be found at some point in the game, but only in the Xbox version.[53] Both versions of the game depict him wielding a red lightsaber. An item that can be found in The Sith Lords is "Darth Malak's armor," which differs in appearance with the armor Malak is seen wearing in the first game.[16] An Easter egg in the ending of the Xbox version of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic allows the player to transform Malak into a green-skinned female Twi'lek dancer and skip the final battle.[54]

Darth Malak's appearance in artwork has been somewhat inconsistent. While Knights of the Old Republic and certain other art work portray Malak with a sickly head, yellow scleras and brown irises,[2] other artwork, including Celebration IV's exclusive bust of Malak, portray his head as being extremely pale and having white scleras and gray irises. Due to the increased popularity of Darth Malak in comic and video game media, he has been made available in the Hasbro 3-3/4 inch figure range. Released in 2007 as part of the Expanded Universe wave of the 30th Anniversary basic figure collection, Malak was the 35th figure to be released in this line. He has become a sought-after and collectable figure whilst still on card, sometimes demanding twice his original retail price depending on condition. The Malak figure includes a jaw plate that, when removed, shows his battle-damaged face detail. The figure pays accurate attention to his appearance, armor, cape and an articulated body. The figure has two supplied accessories, which come in the form of one ignited lightsaber and one deactivated lightsaber hilt. A silver collector's coin was also packaged with the figure, a feature that is common to all other basic 30th Anniversary figures of this range.[55]

AppearancesEdit

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Preceded by
Darth Revan[1]
Dark Lord of the Sith (concurrent with the Sith Emperor)[2]
3,957 BBY3,956 BBY[3]
Succeeded by
Eventually Darth Traya as leader of the Sith Triumvirate[4]

Notes and referencesEdit

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