|Darth Malak - By: theartofTK|
|Position||Dark Lord of the Sith to (Revan's Sith Empire)
Jedi Knight (Jedi Order)
Darth Malak was once the apprentice of Darth Revan, the Dark Lord of his Sith Empire. This would change when the Jedi Knights, including Bastila Shan, confronted them, at which point Malak would betray Revan, seizing the title of Dark Lord of the Sith Empire, with the belief that Revan had died, though Malak was unaware that he survived and was saved by the Jedi. Following this, Darth Malak would prove to be far more cruel than the more well-intentioned Revan had ever been, being obsessed with destruction no matter how much harder it made things for himself and his men. Under his orders the Sith ravaged several planets in pursuit of their goals. Malak was also an unrepentant sadist, prone to cackling and also having Jedi be tortured until they give into the Dark Side or they die.
Alek, a Human male, was born on the planet Quelii in a village called Squinquargesimus. After Alek managed to escape the Mandalorians' devastation of his homeworld, he fled to the Galactic Republic; the name of his home village was assigned as his surname by the Republic's immigration records. Eventually, Alek was found to be a Force-Sensitive and was trained as a Jedi Padawan at the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine. During his time as a Padawan, Alek would befriend a fellow Padawan who would eventually be known as Revan. Though Revan was recognized as the stronger of the two, Alek's desire to broaden his knowledge did not remain unnoticed, and he, like Revan, eventually sought additional training from the Twi'lek Jedi Master Zhar Lestin on the galactic capital of Coruscant. Sometime before 3964 years before the Battle of Yavin, both young men completed their training and attained the rank of Jedi Knight.
Fall to the Darkness
Alek and his best friend, Revan, would as Jedi Knights discover on Dantooine a map that had been left on the planet by the Rakata, an ancient species that ruled the galaxy in the distant past. When the Mandalorian Wars began and Outer Rim planets began to fall, Revan defied the Jedi Council and insisted on defending the galaxy alongside the Old Republic starfleet. The first to join him was Alek, against the wishes of his own master. Together they rallied many young Jedi and began destroying the Mandalorians with battle after battle, finally defeating the mercenary leader, Mandalore the Ultimate, above Malachor, a world affiliated with the dreaded Sith. The duo took their fleet, however, and passed beyond known space, insisting that they had to destroy the remnants of the Mandalorian armada.
The two would be corrupted by the dark side energies present on Malachor in addition to coming into contact with the Sith Emperor of the reconstituted remnants of the ancient Sith Empire and become lords of the Sith. The newly christened Darth Malak and Darth Revan were given a mission by the Sith Emperor to find the Star Forge, an ancient Rakatan space station, which would help to destroy the Jedi Order and the Republic. Malak helped Revan track down the Star Maps that led to the Star Forge and, after finding the superweapon above Rakata Prime, Darth Revan assumed the mantle of Dark Lord of the Sith, with Malak becoming his apprentice. A year after their disappearance from known Republic space, they broke away from the Sith Emperor's Sith Empire and the two formed their own Sith Empire out of the Jedi and Republic forces who still followed them, returned to the Republic, and declared war, determined to end the Jedi Order's supposed tyranny.
Becoming Dark Lord
While Malak served Darth Revan loyally for a time, eventually, he began to chafe under Revan's command and sought to claim the title of Dark Lord for himself. At one point during the conflict that became known as the Jedi Civil War, Malak's entire jaw as well as fragments of his face were removed by a Lightsaber strike, forcing him to wear a large metal prosthesis. A short time later, after the Jedi dispatched a strike team led by the Jedi Bastila Shan, to capture Revan and Malak, the latter saw the perfect opportunity to seize command of the Sith Empire. The strike team made their way onto the command deck of Revan's flagship and faced the Dark Lord, at which time Malak would betray his master and open fire on Revan's vessel, resulting in Revan receiving a massive blow to the head and giving the Jedi the chance to capture him and take him back to Dantooine.
Convinced that his Master had died, Malak usurped Revan's mantle of Dark Lord and ruled the Empire unchallenged, brutally conquering territory after territory and taking the fallen Jedi Darth Bandon as his new apprentice. Though the war against the Republic was going very well, he feared one of the Jedi's most skilled warriors, Bastila Shan who had mastered rare Force powers, making her a threat to the Sith war effort. Malak expended tremendous resources in an attempt to locate her.
Powers and Abilities
The Force: During his time as a Jedi, Malak was trained as a Jedi Guardian, focusing on physical aspects of the Force. During his torture sessions at the hands of Demagol on Flashpoint Station, Alek used the Force to block the pain that Demagol caused him. As a Jedi, Malak used the Force as a means of protection and healing. During his later reign as a Sith Lord, Malak employed the Force to choke more than one person at a time. Before his final duel with Revan, Malak demonstrated this ability to the former Sith Lord, simultaneously choking two of the Jedi that he had captured. Immediately after, the Dark Lord exemplified his skills by throwing and plunging his Lightsaber into the chest of one of the captured Jedi. Malak's strength with the Force enabled him to create a whirlwind of Force energy that would encircle his victim, and he also possessed the ability to create a stasis field with the Force that he used to freeze his enemies in place. He was proficient in using the Force to augment his speed and to suppress the abilities of another Force user. Malak was able to render himself virtually invulnerable to most Force powers for a limited amount of time, and was additionally capable of leaping large distances in order to reach his enemy.
Darth Malak was able to amplify his screams, triggering shock waves that rippled through the Force. He also used the Force to tap into his innermost fears, pain, and hate and convert them into intense anger, which could be channeled to increase his speed, strength, and ferocity. Malak's connection to the dark side gave him the use of Dark Healing, an ability that fueled one's regenerative processes by draining the life force of another. He was skilled in the use of Sith sorcery. During his time as a Sith, Malak was proficient in Force lightning, which he used with ease while torturing Bastila Shan and while dueling Revan aboard the Star Forge.
- Lightsaber Skills: In his training, Malak focused on Lightsaber combat and eventually, Darth Malak came to be counted among the skilled swordsmen of his time.
- Hand to Hand Combat: In combat, he fought in a one-handed, aggressive style.