Belia Darzu was a female Shi'ido changeling who reigned as a Dark Lord of the Sith during the last quarter of the Draggulch Period. A Sith Lord of the dark side-worshipping Sith Empire, Darzu partook in a campaign to overthrow the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order. Studying the Force technique of mechu-deru, she attempted to recreate the ancient Sith doomsday weapon called the Dark Reaper, intent on using it to bolster the Sith crusade. This scheme prompted the enemies of the Sith to enact an attempt on Darzu's life. Narrowly evading death, the Shi'ido harnessed the power of mechu-deru to repair her body with cybernetics. Growing obsessed with her self-transformation and near-death experience, Darzu sought to effectuate the return of the mythical technobeasts, subservient mutants created through Sith alchemy.
Entering a period of self-imposed exile, Darzu travelled to the abandoned world of Tython, unearthing remnants of the microscopic nanogene droids. Using this technology, she conducted experiments on living subjects, creating a technovirus capable of transforming organic beings into Sithspawn cyborgs—technobeasts. By means of a dark side ritual known as mechu-deru vitae, Darzu bound the creatures to her will, forming an army of obedient warriors. Confident in her alchemical creations, she mounted a bid to become the new Dark Lord of the Sith following the defeat of the preceding mantle holder—Darth Rivan. Upon doing so, Darzu assumed dominion over the Empire and rallied the Sith against the Republic. Commanding her technobeast army, the new Dark Lord spearheaded a destructive campaign called the Sictis Wars.
Path of the SithEdit
A Force-sensitive female Shi'ido, Belia Darzu lived during the last quarter of the New Sith Wars. In this time, she became a servant of the Sith Empire, an interplanetary dominion controlled by the infamous dark side-worshipping Sith Order. As such, Darzu was taught to follow the tenants of the Sith and trained to harness the power of the Force. Upon completing her training, she served under Darth Rivan, the Dark Lord of the Sith and supreme leader of the Empire. A Sith Marauder, Darzu fought on the front lines of the Empire's campaign against the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order, eventually earning the title of Sith Lord.
Seeking innovative ways for the Sith to overcome their nemeses, Lord Darzu practised the scientific discipline of Sith alchemy. Blending technology with the Force, she also researched mechu-deru, an obscure Force technique that granted her an intuitive understanding of mechanical structures. Believing that this forgotten art was the key to Sith dominance, she experimented with ways of retrofitting technology to perform beyond its original functionality, particularly for the purpose of mass destruction. In this pursuit, Darzu located fragments of the Dark Reaper—an ancient Sith doomsday device—on the planet Ord Carpagia.
Realizing the destructive potential of the Dark Reaper, Lord Darzu set out to recreate its primary energy source—the Force Harvester—using her knowledge of mechu-deru. Despite her ambitions, the Republic and the Jedi soon discovered her plans, swiftly mounting a concentrated effort to destroy the project along with its architect. Refusing to accept failure, Darzu nonetheless persisted with her work in the face this opposition, hoping to use the Force Harvester to wipe out the invaders. These efforts ultimately brought no salvation and caused the unfinished device to grow unstable, consequently trapping Darzu in a cataclysmic inferno.
While both Republic and Sith personnel were massacred, Darzu drew upon the surrounding pain and despair through the Force, unintentionally achieving a period of oneness. Pulling herself from the brink of death, she used the power of mechu-deru to recover from her grievous wounds, repairing her body with cybernetics. Making a swift escape, Darzu developed an obsession with her near-death experience, as well as a new perspective on the potential of mechu-deru. Determined to unlock its true power, she endeavored to combine the living and the inanimate, reviving the mutated cyborgs—technobeasts—once created by her ancient Sith predecessors.
Hiding her activities, Lord 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 infecting living tissue on a cellular level. Remnants of this work were rumored to have been kept on the planet Tython, a legendary Jedi stronghold that had long since been abandoned. Using her shape-shifting ability, Darzu infiltrated the Jedi headquarters on Coruscant, stealing several holocrons from the Order's vaults. Inside these holocrons, the Shi'ido unearthed long-forgotten hyperlane coordinates leading to Tython's location in the Deep Core.
Upon her arrival on Tython, Darzu proceeded into the dilapidated ruins of the planet's Jedi temple, searching for the 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 the potential of this technology, Darzu believed it was the key to recreating the Sith technobeasts. Having previously dismissed these creatures as a myth, the Shi'ido's preceding self-transformation convinced her that their creation was well within her grasp. To realize this vision, she utilized the temple as a laboratory, drawing upon Tython's Force nexus to amplify her rituals.
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.
Upon returning from her exile, Lord Darzu discovered that the dominion of Darth Rivan had been irrevocably fractured; the Jedi sabotaged his alchemically-created Battlelords, sowing discord among the Dark Lord's forces. A number of Sith Lords consequently lost faith in Rivan's leadership, prompting Darzu to take advantage of the ensuing chaos. With Rivan focused on defending himself against the Jedi, the Shi'ido convinced some of his disenchanted followers to ally under her. Using her Metanecrons as a trump card, she planned a new counteroffensive, promising to reverse the Sith downturn and succeed where Rivan had failed.
When Darth Rivan finally perished, Darzu seized the mantle of Dark Lord in his place. Rallying the Empire, she plotted a new campaign of vengeance against the enemies of the Sith. Driving the dark side cult to fulfil her destructive agenda, Darzu rapidly expanded her dominion, eventually becoming accepted as the undisputed leader of the Empire. Commanding the Metanecrons, the Dark Lord renewed the Sith crusade against the territory of the Republic, beginning a conflict called the Sictis Wars. Leading the Sith, Darzu terrorized a number of Republic-aligned worlds with the technobeasts, continually expanding their numbers by assimilating her conquered victims via the nanogene spore.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
Like all members of the Shi'ido race, Darzu was capable of altering her physical form. While typically assuming the appearance of a humanoid, she was also capable of morphing her body into non-humanoid shapes. In addition, Darzu possessed a form of telepathy that allowed her to project false impressions onto the minds of others, tricking them into believing she was someone—or something—else entirely. After becoming a cyborg, she relied on this illusive talent to conceal her mechanical form.
As a 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, she 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.
A master of Sith alchemy and mechu-deru, Darzu practised her arcane knowledge on mechanical constructs and living subjects—herself included. Combining the two arts, she retrofitted the microscopic nanogene droids into a technovirus, using it to transform her victims into Sithspawn mutants. Devising an offshoot ritual called mechu-deru vitae, Darzu bound the cyborg mutants to her will, compelling the creatures to obey her commands without hesitation.