Belia Darzu was a female Shi'ido changeling who lived during the last quarter of the Draggulch Period. Hailing from the Unknown Regions of the galaxy, Darzu unearthed her latent Force-potential as a freelance mercenary. Succumbing to the dark side of the Force, she later became a follower of the Sith Empire, partaking in a campaign to overthrow the Galactic Republic and the Jedi. Rising to the rank of Sith Lord, Darzu attempted to recreate an ancient doomsday weapon—the Dark Reaper—to bolster the Empire's crusade. This scheme prompted the enemies of the Sith to enact an attempt on her life. Narrowly evading death, she used an obscure Force technique called mechu-deru to repair her body with cybernetics.
Inspired by her self-transformation, Lord Darzu sought to bring about the return of the mythical technobeasts, subservient mutants created through mechu-deru and Sith alchemy. Entering a period of exile, she travelled to the abandoned world of Tython, unearthing remnants of the microscopic nanogene droids. Using this technology, Darzu conducted experiments on living subjects, creating a virus capable of transforming organic beings into technobeasts. Binding the creatures to her will, she formed an army of mutated cyborgs called the Metanecrons. Confident in her alchemical creations, Darzu assumed the mantle of Dark Lord and rallied the Sith Empire, spearheading a destructive campaign known as the Sictis Wars.
A Force-sensitive female Shi'ido, Belia Darzu lived centuries before the end of the New Sith Wars. Born on the planet Lao-mon in the galaxy's Unknown Regions, Darzu—like all members of her race—was a natural-born shape-shifter. After leaving her homeworld, she operated as a freelance mercenary, using her inborn talent to blend among different civilizations across the galactic frontier. Despite possessing only a rudimentary understanding of the Force, her attunement bestowed a sense of empowerment from the thrill of killing in combat. This empowerment was actually the call of the dark side, causing her to unknowingly fall under its intoxicating influence.
Journeying through the Outer Rim, Darzu entered the employ of the Sith Empire, an interstellar domain ruled by the dark side-worshipping Sith Order. Impressed by the mercenary's brutal efficiency and raw potential with the Force, the Sith offered Darzu a place among their Order as a fellow darksider, which she eagerly accepted. To this end, Darzu went on to learn the ways of the Sith, tempering the Shi'ido's bloodlust and molding her into a servant of the Dark Lord Darth Rivan—supreme leader of the Empire. Becoming a Sith Marauder, she partook in the Empire's crusade against the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order, eventually earning the title of Sith Lord.
Lord of the SithEdit
Driven by a fervent curiosity, Lord Darzu desired a greater understanding of the dark side, prompting her to research Sith alchemy. In aid of this pursuit, she developed a retinue of underlings to do her bidding. For a source of capable agents, Darzu targeted fellow members of her species, particularly those fearing persecution due to the common mistrust towards shape-shifters. Through the dark side, she twisted the minds of these Shi'ido while preying on their fears, convincing them to serve the Sith cause. Using her agents, Darzu set about gathering ancient manuscripts written by the sorcerers and alchemists from the golden age of the old Sith Empire.
The hunt for the manuscripts proved successful, allowing Darzu to piece together the fragmented remnants and further her dark side knowledge. Studying the documents in earnest, she unearthed a number of arcane techniques, most notably mechu-deru, an obscure Sith power allowing the manipulation of mechanical constructs through the Force. These writings included information regarding the technobeasts, mutated cyborgs—created using mechu-deru—capable of replicating themselves through Sith magic. The documents, however, lacked specific details on how the technobeasts were created, leading Darzu to disregard them as a myth.
Using mechu-deru to blend technology and the Force, Darzu initiated a project to rebuild the Dark Reaper, a doomsday device originating from the Great Hyperspace War. With this weapon, Darzu hoped to reinvigorate the Sith crusade as the next Dark Lord. Despite these ambitions, the Republic eventually discovered her project, promptly mounting a concentrated effort to destroy it. Refusing to accept failure, Darzu persisted in the face of this opposition, hoping to use the Dark Reaper to destroy the interlopers. This backfired and caused the unfinished device to grow unstable, trapping her—along with the Republic invaders—in a cataclysmic inferno.
The ensuing devastation incinerated all living beings within the Dark Reaper's vicinity, leaving Darzu herself grievously injured. Brought to the brink of death, Darzu drew upon the surrounding pain and despair through the Force, immersing herself in its power and achieving a period of oneness. Pulling herself back to life, she used mechu-deru to repair her body with cybernetics formed from the scattered, contorted parts of the Dark Reaper. Making a swift escape, Darzu gained a new perspective on the potential of mechu-deru. No longer viewing the technobeasts as a mere Sith legend, she adopted a new goal to bring the creatures into existence.
Hiding her activities, Darzu continued her research in self-imposed exile. In this time, she learned that the Sith were not the only practitioners of mechu-deru; the Jedi had also harnessed the technique, using it to create nanogene droids capable of rebuilding living tissue on a cellular level. Remnants of this work were rumored to have been kept on the planet Tython, a long-abandoned Jedi stronghold. Seeking Tython's exact whereabouts, Darzu dispatched her Shi'ido agents into the Jedi headquarters on Coruscant. Searching through the archives of the Order, her agents located and stole secret hyperlane coordinates leading to Tython's location in the Deep Core.
Upon her arrival on Tython, Darzu proceeded into the dilapidated Jedi temple, searching for the alleged remnants of mechu-deru. Deep inside the temple's storehouses, she eventually uncovered the abandoned nanogene seeds—microscopic droids capable of altering the genetic structure of a lifeform. Fascinated by this technology, Darzu believed it was the key to realizing the Sith technobeasts. Inspired by her preceding self-transformation, she finally grew convinced that the creation of these mutants was firmly within her grasp. To fulfil this vision, she utilized the Jedi temple as a laboratory, drawing upon Tython's Force nexus to amplify her impending experiments.
Inside her new facility of research, Darzu tested the nanogene technology on living subjects, all of whom she had abducted amongst Tython's scattered inhabitants. Using her combined knowledge of mechu-deru and Sith alchemy, she reverse-engineered the microscopic droids into a technovirus called the nanogene spore. According to Darzu's design, the virus transmuted living tissue into metallic tumors, ultimately transforming its subjects into Sithspawn mutants—technobeasts. As a part of this process, the Shi'ido devised her own variant of mechu-deru—dubbed mechu-deru vitae—to imbue the victims with the power of the dark side, binding them to her will.
With the nanogene spore at her disposal, Darzu intended to use the virus to bring a new age of terror upon the Republic and the Jedi, ensuring the dominance of the Sith. For her first source of living templates to create legions of cyborg warriors, she infected the scattered inhabitants of Tython with the nanogene spore. Corralling them towards the abandoned Jedi temple, Darzu organized the mutants into an army known as the Metanecrons. Over time, her machinations corrupted the Force nexus of Tython, turning the planet into a bastion of dark side energy. Using her slaves, Darzu renovated the Jedi temple into a fortress, making Tython her secret seat of power.
Personality and traitsEdit
A Shi'ido changeling, Darzu avoided showing her true physical form in the presence of others, preferring to blend with the galaxy's inhabitants as a female humanoid. This inborn talent instilled her with a sense of superiority over other species, as well as the belief that she could control any individual she desired—ally or adversary—through deception.
Having sustained life-threatening wounds in her attempt to engineer the Dark Reaper, Darzu replaced a large portion of her body with cybernetics. Due to the abrupt and unstable nature of her transformation, the implants were left greatly malformed and disproportionate with the remnants of her organic self.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
Like all members of the Shi'ido race, Darzu was capable of altering her physical form at will, allowing her to assume a variety of humanoid and non-humanoid shapes. Even after her cybernetic transformation, this talent allowed Darzu to conceal her mechanical form, albeit at the cost of acute physical pain. In addition, she possessed a form of telepathy allowing her to project false impressions onto the minds of others, tricking them into believing she was someone—or something—else entirely.
A frontline combatant in the New Sith Wars, Darzu was trained to fight in the thick of combat, specializing in the role of the Sith Marauder. Wielding a single-bladed lightsaber with an extended hilt, she relied on the power of the dark side to amplify her combat prowess. For extra protection against multiple opponents in battle, Darzu wore a self-crafted battle armor suit that not only further supplemented her physical strength, but also harbored a personal cloaking device to catch her foes by surprise.
As a Sith Lord, Darzu researched the scientific discipline of Sith alchemy alongside the dark side technique known as mechu-deru. Using her knowledge, she came close to resurrecting the Dark Reaper superweapon. Despite this thwarted endeavor, the Shi'ido later survived the brink of death by transforming herself into a cyborg. Seeking to replicate this union of metal and flesh a larger scale, Darzu created a virus capable of mutating organic victims into technobeasts. By means of an offshoot ritual called mechu-deru vitae, she compelled the creatures into absolute obedience.