Belia Darzu was a female Shi'ido Sith alchemist who reigned as a Dark Lord of the Sith in the waning centuries of the Draggulch Period. A disciple of the dark side-worshipping Sith Empire, Darzu partook in a campaign against the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order. Rising to the rank of Sith Lord, she researched the discipline of Sith alchemy alongside a Force technique known as mechu-deru. Using her knowledge, Darzu attempted to recreate an ancient doomsday weapon—the Dark Reaper—and cement her dominion over the Empire. This scheme prompted the enemies of the Sith to enact an attempt on her life. Narrowly evading death, Darzu used the power of 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—part-machine, part organic Sithspawn mutants. Entering a period of exile, she travelled to the abandoned world of Tython, unearthing remnants of the microscopic nanogene droids. Using this technology, Darzu created a virus capable of transforming organic victims into her own brand of mutated cyborgs—the metanecrons. Using a dark side ritual, she bound the metanecrons to her will, mobilizing them into an obedient army. 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.
Lord of the SithEdit
Belia Darzu was a Force-sensitive female Shi'ido who lived centuries before the end of the New Sith Wars, a galactic conflict initiated after the Fourth Great Schism. An adherent of the Sith Order, Darzu practised the ways of the dark side as a servant of the interstellar Sith Empire. Like all members of her race, she was a natural-born shape-shifter, allowing her to blend among the Sith ranks as a humanoid woman. Trained in the combat-focused role of the Sith Marauder, she partook in the Empire's campaign against the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order. Achieving infamy as a brutal and efficient warrior, Darzu eventually earned the title of Sith Lord.
Coveting a greater understanding of the dark side, Lord Darzu spent years gathering ancient manuscripts written by the sorcerers and alchemists of the old Sith Empire. Studying the documents in earnest, she unearthed a number of arcane and alchemical techniques, most notably mechu-deru, an obscure Sith power allowing the manipulation of mechanical constructs. These writings included information regarding the technobeasts, mutated cyborgs capable of replicating themselves through mechu-deru. The documents, however, lacked specific details on how the technobeasts were created, leading Darzu to disregard the mutants as a myth.
Using mechu-deru to blend technology and the Force, Darzu set out to recreate the Dark Reaper, an ancient Sith doomsday device capable of harvesting the essence of Force-sensitive beings. With this weapon, Darzu hoped to reinvigorate the Sith crusade and seize the mantle of Dark Lord. Despite these ambitions, the Republic and the Jedi eventually discovered her project, promptly mounting a concentrated effort to destroy it. Refusing to accept failure, Darzu persisted with the intention of using the Dark Reaper to destroy the interlopers. This backfired and caused the unfinished device to grow unstable, trapping her and the invaders in a cataclysmic inferno.
The ensuing devastation incinerated all living beings within the Dark Reaper's vicinity, leaving Darzu herself grievously injured and on the brink of death. In a desperate act of survival, Darzu—invoking the power of the dark side—siphoned the surrounding mass death caused by the Dark Reaper's eruption. Harnessing this power, she then used mechu-deru to repair her body with cybernetics formed from the shattered pieces of the Dark Reaper. Despite surviving and escaping, the damage inflicted upon Darzu's body caused severe pain when attempting to shape-shift, embittering the Shi'ido and driving her to seek revenge against the Republic and the Jedi.
Growing obsessed with her transformation, 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, providing a means to enact her planned vengeance. Hiding her activities, Darzu continued her research in self-imposed exile. While doing so, she learned that the Jedi—many years before her time—had once harnessed the power of mechu-deru, creating nanogene droids capable of manipulating living tissue on a cellular level. Remnants of this work were rumored to have existed on Tython, a long-abandoned Jedi stronghold.
Seeking Tython's whereabouts, Darzu stole hyperlane coordinates from the Jedi archives on Coruscant, leading her to the planet's location in the Deep Core. Upon her arrival on Tython, Darzu scoured the dilapidated ancient Jedi Temple, searching for the alleged remnants of mechu-deru. Deep inside the temple's storehouses, she eventually uncovered the nanogene seeds—microscopic droids capable of cellular alteration. Fascinated by this technology, Darzu believed she had uncovered the key to realizing the Sith technobeasts. Using the temple as a laboratory, the Shi'ido drew upon Tython's Force nexus to amplify her impending experiments.
Inside her facility of research, Darzu tested the nanogene technology on living subjects, of whom she had abducted amongst Tython's scattered inhabitants. With 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 a new brand of Sithspawn mutants—the metanecrons. To complete this process, she devised a variant of mechu-deru called mechu-deru vitae, using it to bind the metanecrons to her will through the dark side.
With the nanogene spore at her disposal, Darzu intended 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 mobilized her subservient metanecrons into an army. Over time, the Shi'ido's machinations corrupted the Force nexus of Tython, turning the planet into a bastion of dark side energy. Commanding 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, often assuming the appearance of a gray-skinned humanoid woman. Driven by a fervent curiosity, she learned to mimic other species by studying their mannerisms, strengths and flaws. This inborn talent instilled Darzu with a sense of superiority, as well as the belief that she could control any individual she desired—ally or adversary—through deception. To this end, she frequently concealed her emotions behind a cold, dispassionate facade, ensuring that no one possessed an accurate picture of her innermost feelings or intentions.
After sustaining life-threatening wounds in her attempt to engineer the Dark Reaper, Darzu replaced a large portion of her body with cybernetics. Due to the unstable nature of her transformation, the implants became malformed and disproportionate. Furthermore, the remnants of Darzu's organic self were left in a ravaged and frail state, causing severe pain when attempting to shape-shift.
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. 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. In the aftermath of her cybernetic transformation, Darzu relied heavily on this illusive talent to conceal her mechanical form, compensating for the acute physical pain caused by the Shi'dio's injuries.
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, 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, alchemically-enhanced battle armor suit. The suit not only supplemented her physical strength, but also harbored a personal cloaking device to catch her foes by surprise.
As a Sith Lord, Darzu researched the discipline of Sith alchemy alongside mechu-deru, a technique allowing the manipulation of technology through the Force. To this end, she came close to resurrecting the ancient Dark Reaper superweapon. The Shi'ido later survived the brink of death by using mechu-deru to transform herself into a cyborg. Seeking to replicate this union of metal and flesh a larger scale, Darzu created the nanogene spore, a virus capable of mutating organic victims into technobeasts. By means of an offshoot ritual called mechu-deru vitae, she compelled an army of the creatures into absolute obedience.