Amber (dark side)
|Chronological and political information|
Belia Darzu was a female Shi'ido Dark Lord of the Sith who reigned during the later years of the New Sith Wars. Born on the planet Lao-mon, Belia lived as a hunter within the rainforests of her homeworld before leaving and wandering the galaxy as a mercenary. While traveling through the Outer Rim Territories, however, Belia was captured by the forces of the Sith Dominion, an interstellar empire controlled by the Sith. After the Sith discovered that she was Force-sensitive, Belia was subjected to a dark side ritual called the Rite of Binding. This ritual bonded Belia to her new Sith Masters, forcing her to become a Sith Warrior within the Dominion's war machine.
Following the completion of her training, Belia was placed into the servitude of a Sith Lord known as Wyvorn. While serving under Wyvorn, Belia participated in the Dominion's crusade against the Galactic Republic. As a military commander, Belia earned renown among her peers for her battlefield tactics, which were regarded as sadistic and brutal. Despite embracing this role, throughout her years of service, Darzu developed a murderous hatred towards her master, Wyvorn, as well as the Sith in general. After orchestrating Wyvorn's death and freeing herself from the Rite of Binding, Belia became dedicated to a new goal: the destruction of the Sith Dominion.
To fulfill her ambitions, Belia used the Dominion's resources to accumulate knowledge of Sith alchemy. By doing so, Belia produced a number of creations to further her goals, allowing her to use the Sith's own knowledge against them. In addition, Belia developed a network of spies throughout the Dominion, using them to provide her with information about the Sith leaders. This allowed Belia to bide her time for the best opportunity to make a move against the Dominion. After the sudden disappearance of the Dominion's supreme leader, Darth Crucia, Belia planned to overthrow the remaining leading member, Noctus, in a plot to fully destabilize the Sith.
While planning her sabotage, Belia discovered that Darth Crucia had been desperately searching to restore his rapidly decaying body. Upon learning this, Belia exploited Crucia's desperation by offering him a cure. In the process, the Shi'ido employed a Force technique that allowed her to exert control over Crucia's mind. Afterwards, Belia orchestrated a coup against Noctus that resulted in his death. Due to Belia's machinations, the Dominion became fragmented into numerous smaller factions. To facilitate the complete destruction of these factions, Belia used her influence over Crucia to indirectly bring the Dark Lord's remaining forces under her control.
In a calculated effort to realize her personal objectives, Belia assumed the mantle of Dark Lord of the Sith and served alongside Crucia as a leading member of a new faction called the Sictis Imperium. While doing so, Belia purposefully placed herself in a more subservient position, giving the impression that Crucia was in charge. By hiding her true intentions, Belia was able to work under the false pretense of continuing Crucia's crusade against the Republic. At the same time, Belia operated behind the scenes, allowing her to manipulate Crucia into bringing about the destruction of the Sith in a conflict that became known as the Sictis Wars.
Belia Darzu was a female Shi'ido who, like all members of her species, possessed the ability to shape-shift. She was raised in the thick rainforests of Lao-mon, a planet in the Unknown Regions, where she lived by hunting for her own food. As Belia grew older, she became more exhilarated by the perils she met within the forests. It was due to this that Belia came to be regarded as an aggressive savage by her fellow Shi'ido, who tended to live less primitively in comparison. At some point in her early life, Belia discovered that she was Force-sensitive; the exhilaration she experienced was actually the call of the dark side, fueling her desire to hunt and kill.
In time, Belia aspired to explore other parts of the galaxy to discover more about her Force potential. As such, she ventured away from her homeworld and traveled into the Wild Space region of the galaxy. While roaming between planets, Belia used her shape-shifting ability to disguise herself among the native civilizations. Despite her attempt to integrate peacefully, she succumbed to her natural hunter's instinct and worked as a mercenary, selling her abilities to whoever would pay for them. As a mercenary, Belia often worked in small cadres who were paid to engage larger forces using guerrilla-style tactics, such as raids, sabotages and assassinations.
Throughout her years of wandering, Belia learned more about her Force-sensitivity, becoming fascinated by the power she felt it could grant her. Determined to tap into her potential, Belia pursued any sources that could offer her training. This led her into the Outer Rim Territories where she discovered the Sith Dominion, an interstellar empire controlled by dark side practitioners called Sith Lords. Due to the turbulent reputation of the Sith, however, Belia was very hesitant about joining them. Regardless of her misgivings, Belia ultimately found herself captured by the Dominion's forces while she attempted to scout their territory.
Becoming a SithEdit
“You will live on our terms, or not at all.”—Darth Rivan regarding the principle behind the Rite of Binding
Following her capture, Belia was incarcerated among several other prisoners whom the Sith intended to force into slavery. The Sith, however, remained unaware of the fact that Belia was a shape-shifter, which she attempted to use to her advantage. Nonetheless, Belia's connection to the Force was ultimately uncovered, which led to her being singled out among the prisoners. Afterwards, Belia was taken away to be trained as a Sith Warrior to serve the Dominion's war machine. To ensure her obedience, Belia was subjected to a Sith ritual known as the Rite of Binding. Through the power of the Force, this ritual effectively bonded Belia to her new Sith Masters within the Dominion.
The Rite of Binding was intended to prevent any form of insubordination, forcing Belia to remain within a certain proximity of her masters, and also preventing her from attacking them. This ritual did not work to its full potential, as Belia still maintained her own will. To Belia's great displeasure, however, acting outside of the Rite's effects caused her to experience intense pain, which had to potential to kill her if pushed too far. She was later inducted into an academy where she was taught to harness the power of the dark side. Over the course of her training, Belia underwent a series of trials that tested her both physically and mentally. Despite the demands of the training, Belia's previous combat experience allowed her to live up the expectations of her instructors. As such, she completed her training and graduated from the academy.
With her induction officially deemed complete, Belia took part in the Sith Dominion's campaign against the Galactic Republic, serving as a military commander under the Sith Lord Wyvorn. Still reeling from the ordeals she had endured, Belia harbored intense resentment towards Wyvorn, though her forced servitude prevented her from acting upon it. When Wyvorn became aware of this, he encouraged Belia to embrace her negative emotions as a means of maintaining her dark side power. As Belia came to rely on this, she soon found that it was not enough to quell her anger and hatred. Unable to act against Wyvorn, Belia instead began to revel in the suffering of her opponents. To achieve this end, she deliberately employed tactics that singled-out civilian targets while commanding her forces, usually involving their capture and exploitation as hostages.
Through her tactics, Belia's intent was to incite feelings of despair in her enemies, allowing her to feed off these emotions to sustain her own power. Due to the nature of her methods, Belia earned a reputation among her peers as a sadistic commander in battle. In addition, Belia's exploits in battle impressed her master, though Wyvorn would always take the credit for her achievements in order to advance himself, adding to her indignation. Over the years of her forced servitude, Belia's resentment towards Wyvorn, as well as the Sith in general, evolved into an enduring murderous hatred. As a result, Belia began to harbor a desire to kill Wyvorn when the best chance presented itself.
An opportunity for Belia to kill her master arose when Wyvorn was promoted into the retinue of Darth Rivan, one of the Sith Dominion's three leading members. In particular, Belia was transferred, alongside her master, to serve at one of Rivan's personal strongholds. While there, Wyvorn's attention was often diverted as he conducted dark side experiments, which Belia saw as the perfect opportunity to end his life. Since Belia was unable to attack Wyvorn directly, she searched for another means of orchestrating his death. It was during this search that Belia devised a plan to lure Wyvorn alone into his pen of Sithspawn creatures, specifically the vicious Tuk'ata.
After covertly releasing a pack of Tuk'ata from their pen, Belia used her changeling talent to assume the form of the creatures, allowing her to lure the unsuspecting Wyvorn towards the Sithspawn. In the ensuing trap, Belia watched with satisfaction as Wyvorn was eviscerated by the Tuk'ata, his body ultimately mangled beyond recognition. Through Wyvorn's death, Belia also managed to sever her connection to the Rite of Binding, effectively freeing herself from the control of her Sith masters. Taking advantage of the situation, Belia used her shape-shifting ability to assume Wyvorn's identity, effectively giving herself all the privileges he once had as a Sith Lord. Having spent several years serving under Wyvorn, Belia was able to perfectly mimic both his appearance and mannerisms, leaving her peers none the wiser as to his true fate.
Despite her new-found freedom, Belia still reeled from the years of repressed hatred that she had harbored during her time in forced servitude. While she achieved her personal revenge over Wyvorn, Belia's lingering hatred towards the Sith filled her with a new desire: to bring about the downfall of the Dominion as a whole. To achieve this new goal, Belia decided to continue working under the guise of serving the Dominion, allowing her to make use of their resources. By accumulating as much knowledge as she could about the Sith, Belia hoped to find a way of using their own methods against them, thereby fulfilling her ambition of destroying the Dominion.
“Unthinking obedience is fine for a warrior, but a scientist must question—or be worth nothing.”—Vul Isen
Under the guise of Wyvorn, Belia studied Rivan's archives of ancient Sith writings. From here, she gained insight into old forms of Sith magic and alchemy, learning of their potential to control the living and the inanimate. In time, Belia put the knowledge she had gained into practice, learning to infuse objects with the power of the Force. In her pursuit for knowledge, Belia became familiar with mechu-deru, a technique that allowed her to sense the inner-structures of machinery and circuitry. Through her experimentation, Belia found a way of using this technique on droids, modifying them to operate more effectively than their original designs allowed.
Distrustful of her Sith peers, Belia undertook a number of excursions outside of the Dominion's territory. By doing this, she hoped to discover locations that were strong with the dark side where she could work in secret. During her expeditions, Belia discovered hyperlane charts that allowed for safe travel into the Deep Core of the galaxy. It was here where she located Tython, a planet that had been largely abandoned due to the region's unstable hyperspace routes. Attracted by the planet's Force nexus, Belia hoped to use it as a hidden sanctuary to house her experiments. Using her droids, Belia oversaw the construction of her fortress, renovating an abandoned and dilapidated temple of the Jedi Order. Once the construction of her fortress was complete, Belia began investigating ways of employing the techniques she had learned on living beings.
To supply live subjects for her new experiments, Belia abducted a number of prisoners and slaves who had been held by the Sith Dominion. As a result of these experiments, Belia was able to combine her knowledge of mechu-deru with Darth Rivan's own research on the Rite of Binding, devising a new technique that she called mechu-deru vitae. This technique allowed her to exert control over organic beings who possessed cybernetic implants. Seeing this as a major breakthrough in her research, Belia sought for a means of using this technique on a larger scale. This led to the development a virus capable of transmuting living tissue into mechanical cybernetics. Realizing the potential of this virus, Belia intended to find a way of utilizing it to further her plans of subverting the Sith Dominion.
To take her plans to a new level, Belia aimed to monitor the Sith Dominion from the inside. To do so, Belia developed a network of spies to provide her with information about the Sith's activities. For a source of capable and reliable agents, she returned to her homeworld, Lao-mon, where she began abducting fellow members of her own species from the planet, taking them to her fortress on Tython. There, Belia implanted them with cybernetics which, through mechu-deru vitae, allowed her to gradually influence their minds, coercing them into serving her cause. Per Belia's plan, these Shi'ido then infiltrated key sectors of the Sith Dominion, using their shape-shifting abilities to blend in.
As Belia monitored her network of spies, she continued biding her time, waiting for the best opportunity to make her next move against the Sith leaders. Such an opportunity arose when Belia learned that Darth Crucia, the supreme leader of the Sith Dominion, had suddenly disappeared, and that the two remaining Dark Lords, Darths Noctus and Rivan, had assumed leadership in his place. Through her spies, Belia discovered the truth behind Crucia's disappearance; his immersion in the dark side had left his body in a weakened state, which led to him being ousted by Noctus and Rivan. With the Dominion's leadership hanging in the balance, Belia hoped to turn Noctus and Rivan against one another. The deaths of these two, Belia believed, would create a power vacuum, ideally leaving the Sith in a state of chaos and infighting.
To commence her plan, Belia exploited Noctus's power-hungry nature by leaking the location of Rivan's secret stronghold, hoping it would lead to open conflict between the pair. Instead, however, Noctus fed Belia's information to the Republic, resulting in a surprise attack in which Rivan was declared dead. Following Rivan's presumed death, Belia learned that Noctus planned on sending his assassins to eliminate Crucia on the planet Tund. Upon learning this, Belia immediately made her way to Tund with hopes of verifying Crucia's death in person. To Belia's surprise, Crucia was still powerful enough to defeat most of his would-be assassins, though it left him grievously wounded. At this point, Belia made a last-minute decision; rather than allow Crucia to die, she stepped in and aided the Dark Lord, slaying the remaining attackers.
In the aftermath of the attack, Belia discovered that Crucia had been brought to the brink of death, effectively leaving the Dark Lord at the Shi'ido's mercy. As such, Belia had Crucia taken away in order to stabilize his condition, and to decide how best to make use of him. Having realized Crucia's desperation to find a cure for his decaying body, Belia decided to give him one. With Belia's aid, Crucia received a number of mechanical implants, successfully restoring the Dark Lord's body to full strength. By employing mechu-deru vitae, Belia was able to use these implants to exert control over Crucia's mind, influencing him into joining the Shi'ido's campaign. With Crucia now working under her influence, Belia had gained a new, powerful asset that she sought to use in her bid to destabilize the Sith Dominion.
In order to eliminate Darth Noctus, Belia sought to lure him into a trap. To achieve this, she oversaw the assassination of his apprentice, Aturus Kallun, and then used her shape-shifting ability to assume his appearance. By doing this, the Shi'ido aimed to exploit the trust Noctus held in his apprentice, allowing Belia to draw him out and leave him exposed. Hoping to attract Noctus's attention, Belia took advantage of his attempts to consolidate support as a means of solidifying his power base within the Dominion. Using her spy network, Belia created fabricated evidence implicating numerous Sith officials of attempting to undermine Noctus's leadership over the Dominion.
Under the guise of Aturus, Belia arrested these individuals for treason, and immediately after, she informed Noctus of her success. As a result, she was ordered to bring them aboard his personal flagship, the Hecatomb, to be tried and executed. Unknown to Noctus, Belia had secretly infected these prisoners with her metacron virus. Once aboard the Hecatomb, as she intended, the prisoners were gradually transformed into Sithspawn creatures. After their transformation had reached its peak, Belia signaled Crucia, now under the Shi'ido's influence, to commence his part of the trap. In conjunction with Belia's outbreak, Crucia intercepted the Hecatomb with his own battleships.
The unexpected onslaught from Crucia triggered a bout of chaos on the Hecatomb, which Belia used as a chance to free the infected prisoners from their cells. The prisoners, now transformed into metacrons, sprawled throughout the ship under Belia's control, killing numerous personnel and infecting others with the virus. With Belia's metacrons slaughtering the Hecatomb's crew, the rest of Noctus's forces were thrown into chaos, allowing them to be overwhelmed by Crucia's assault. In the midst of the bloodshed, Belia eventually encountered Noctus, alone and mortally wounded. With Noctus unable to defend himself, Belia took the opportunity to complete her objective, ending his life.
As Belia had intended, the death of Noctus and the sudden reappearance of Crucia spurred chaos throughout the Sith Dominion, causing it to fragment into several smaller factions. With the Dominion broken and turning on itself, Belia saw this as an opportunity to wipe out the remaining Sith factions. As such, Belia used her influence over Crucia to indirectly control the forces that remained under the Dark Lord's command. In the process, Belia also assumed the title of Dark Lord of the Sith and became a leading member of Crucia's loyal faction, which was named the Sictis Imperium. Despite this, Belia acted mainly within a backseat role, giving the impression that Crucia was truly in charge of the Imperium. This was merely a smokescreen, however; a calculated sign of Belia's cooperation that was intended to draw attention away from herself.
In an attempt the hide her true intentions, Belia worked under the false pretense of continuing Crucia's crusade against the Galactic Republic, while also destroying any Sith factions who crossed the Imperium. Since the Imperium lacked the numbers to wage open warfare, Belia instead focused their efforts more towards stealth, surprise and deception. To help further this goal, Darzu made extensive use of her Shi'ido spy network, using it to infiltrate not only the scattered Sith factions, but also key sectors of the Republic government. Through these infiltrators, Belia's intention was to acquire information that would allow her to strike at her enemies as effectively as possible.
Personality and traitsEdit
Throughout her life, Belia Darzu was highly cautious in her dealings with other beings. From a young age, she was taught by her fellow Shi'ido to remain suspicious about the agendas and motives of those outside of Lao-mon. After leaving her homeworld, Belia avoided showing her true physical form, instead preferring to disguise herself as a member of a different species. By doing this, she hoped to blend in with the galaxy's inhabitants rather than stand out. In Belia's mind, this gave her a certain amount of control over any individual she encountered. It was due to this mind-set that Belia enjoyed deceiving, manipulating and meddling in the affairs of others.
After her subjection to the Rite of Binding, Belia developed a streak of sadism as she was molded to become a Sith Warrior. In particular, she was taught to embrace her negative emotions as a means of fueling her dark side power. Belia's inability to act against her master, Wyvorn, caused her to harbor bitter resentment towards him. Over the years, this evolved into murderous hatred, causing Belia to fantasize about killing him. To satisfy her repressed blood-lust, Belia relished the suffering of her opponents in battle, feeding off their pain and misery. When Belia finally succeeded in orchestrating Wyvorn's murder, she derived great pleasure from watching him die.
In the aftermath of Wyvorn's death, Belia was unsure of what to do with her new-found freedom, experiencing a lack of purpose. She eventually came to believe that the Sith had stripped away any aspirations or dreams she may have once had, replacing them with nothing but raw hatred.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
As a Shi'ido, Belia Darzu was capable of altering her physical form at will, allowing her to impersonate other living beings. While she typically assumed the appearance of a humanoid, Belia was also capable of morphing into non-humanoid shapes. In addition, Belia possessed a telepathic ability that allowed her to project false impressions onto the minds of those she encountered. Through this form of telepathy, Belia could imitate minor details that would be impossible to mimic through shape-shifting alone. During her time with the Sith, Belia made extensive use of this ability to trick other Force-users by projecting a false presence, causing them to believe she was someone else entirely.