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Belia Darzu was a female Shi'ido Dark Lord of the Sith who reigned during the last quarter of the New Sith Wars. Born on Lao-mon in the Unknown Regions of the galaxy, Belia lived as a hunter within the planet's rainforests before leaving her homeworld and becoming a mercenary. Hoping to unravel her potential with the Force, she eventually joined an academy of the Sith Dominion where she was taught to harness the power of the dark side.
After graduating, Belia participated in a conflict called the Great Sith Expansion, earning renown among her peers for her sadistic battlefield tactics. As a result, Belia was eventually bestowed the title of Sith Lord. With the new privileges that this position allowed, she studied the art of Sith alchemy, producing a number of creations that supplemented her military campaigns. Due to her accomplishments, Belia became a prominent servant of Darth Vermis, the founder and a leading member of the Sith Dominion.
After Vermis suddenly disappeared from the Dominion, Belia planned to overthrow the remaining leading member, Darth Noctus, in a plot to ascend as the new ruler of the Sith. While planning her takeover, Belia discovered that Vermis had been desperately searching to restore her rapidly decaying body. Upon learning this, Belia exploited Vermis's desperation by offering her a cure. In the process, the Shi'ido employed a technique that allowed her to exert control over the Dark Lord's mind.
With Vermis now working under her influence, Belia staged a coup against Darth Noctus that ultimately resulted in his death. Afterwards, Belia used Vermis's return to inspire loyalty throughout the Dominion in her favor. As such, Belia declared herself the new Dark Lord of the Sith, also reorganizing the Dominion into the Sictis Imperium. In this new position of power, she initiated a campaign to destabilize the Galactic Republic and Jedi Order called 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 in fact the call of the dark side, fuelling her desire to hunt and kill.
In time, Belia aspired to explore other parts of the galaxy, hoping 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. Despite this, the Shi'ido had a limited understanding of the Force, lacking the means of harnessing its power. 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 state controlled by dark side practitioners called Sith Lords. While the Dominion's turbulent reputation made her hesitant to join, Belia decided it would be worth the risk, hoping to use the Sith to realize her potential with the Force.
Becoming a SithEdit
Belia joined one of the Sith Dominion's academies on the planet of Honoghr. Like all students there, she became an adherent of the Sith Order, learning to harness the power of the dark side, and training to become a lethal force in battle. While being introduced to the Sith doctrines, Belia also gained an interest in Sith alchemy, learning of its potential to alter the living and the inanimate. Despite Belia's interest, the academy forbade its students from practicing this ancient art, preventing her from studying it in detail. Belia ultimately completed her training and graduated from the academy.
Following her graduation, Belia took part in the Sith Dominion's campaign against the Galactic Republic, eventually earning a leadership role. As a result of her Sith training, Belia learned to embrace what she saw as her negative emotions. By channeling her innermost hate and anger, she was able to use them as a means of enhancing and maintaining her dark side power. Instead of relying on her own emotions, however, Belia began to revel in the suffering of her opponents. To achieve this end, she often deliberately employed tactics that singled-out civilian targets, usually involving their capture and exploitation as hostages.
Through her tactics, Belia's intent was to incite fear, confusion and desperation 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 and superiors as a sadistic commander in battle. While Belia's strategy was often slow, it also kept her opponents stuck in drawn-out bouts of attrition, often allowing her to overcome forces that outnumbered her own. It was because of this that Belia came to be valued by her superiors for her cunning and patience. As such, she was eventually bestowed the title of Sith Lord, increasing her eminence within the Dominion.
As a Sith Lord, Belia was given access to new privileges and resources, allowing her to indulge her interest in Sith alchemy. To achieve this end, she consulted the Dominion's archives of ancient Sith writings. It was from these writings that Belia gained insight into old forms of Sith magic, learning to infuse objects with the power of the Force. In her pursuit for knowledge in this area, she also became familiar with mechu-deru, a rare ability that allowed her to sense the complex inner-structures of machinery and circuitry. By combining this newly-gained knowledge, Belia learned to strip-down and upgrade technology to perform beyond its intended capabilities.
In time, Belia's experiments with mechu-deru spawned numerous creations. Among them included a suit of battle armor imbued with dark side powers, granting her enhanced physical abilities. In addition, Belia found a way of using this technique on droids, modifying them to operate more effectively than their original designs allowed. While Belia was pleased with these creations, she endeavored to keep her research hidden from her peers within the Dominion. Distrustful of her Sith allies, 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, allowing her to 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 remoteness and potency with the Force, Belia hoped to use it as a hidden sanctuary to house her creations. Using her droids, Belia oversaw the construction of her fortress in a deserted area, converting an abandoned academy of the Jedi Order. With her fortress 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 prisoners who had been captured during the campaigns she participated in. As a result of these experiments, Belia devised a technique, called mechu-deru vitae, that allowed her to exert control over organic beings. This was accomplished by transmuting living tissue into cybernetics, which Belia saw as a breakthrough in her research. As such, she developed a nanogene virus capable of spreading this affect, transforming organics into Sithspawn called metacrons. Having realized the potential of such a virus, Belia kept its existence hidden, hoping to utilize it as a contingency plan in case her power was ever threatened.
During her time with the Sith, Belia's exploits in battle eventually earned her the attention of the Dark Lord Vermis, the founder and a leading member of the Dominion. In time, Belia became one of the most valued servants of the Dark Lord, who respected her brutal methods against Republic forces. Despite Belia's rise to prominence, her secretive nature also fostered distrust and suspicion among some of her peers. In particular, Belia earned the animosity of Darth Noctus, another leading member of the Sith. Unlike Vermis, Noctus held Belia in low regard, believing that she was too concerned with furthering her personal agendas, as opposed to furthering the Dominion's conquest.
The lingering hostility between Belia and Noctus escalated after Vermis suddenly disappeared from the Dominion. As a result, the Dominion's campaign began to dwindle, leading to the death of the third ruling member, Darth Rivan. This caused widespread disagreement regarding the Dominion's future leadership, which Belia saw as an opportunity to elevate herself as the new ruler of the Sith. While searching for potential weaknesses among Noctus's followers, Belia learned that he planned to elevate both himself and his own apprentice, Aturus, as the new leaders of the Sith Dominion. As such, Belia planned to overthrow Noctus by exploiting his relationship with his apprentice.
To gain leverage for her takeover, Belia undertook a search for Vermis, and after locating her, the Shi'ido discovered the reason for the Dark Lord's disappearance; Vermis's immersion in the dark side had caused her body to rapidly decay, threatening her life. Seeking to exploit her desperation for a cure, Belia convinced Vermis that she could use her mastery of Sith alchemy to keep her alive. To accomplish this, Belia subjected Vermis to a modified version of her metacron virus, forming cybernetic implants inside her body. By employing the technique that she had devised, Belia used these implants to exert control over Vermis, influencing her into joining the Shi'ido's campaign.
In order to eliminate Darth Noctus without resorting to full-fledged civil war, Belia sought to lure him into a trap. To achieve this, she covertly assassinated his apprentice, Aturus, and afterwards, she 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 the recent string of losses the Dominion had sustained against the Republic. As such, Belia leaked fabricated evidence implicating numerous Sith officials of incompetence that exacerbated the Dominion's decline.
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 Harrower, to be tried and executed. Unknown to Noctus, Belia had secretly infected these prisoners with her metacron virus. Once aboard the Harrower, as she intended, the prisoners were gradually transformed into Sithspawn creatures. After their transformation had reached its peak, Belia signaled Vermis, now under the Shi'ido's influence, to commence her part of the trap. In conjunction with Belia's outbreak, Vermis intercepted Noctus's forces with her own armada of warships.
The unexpected onslaught from Vermis triggered a bout of chaos on the Harrower, 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 Harrower's crew, the rest of Noctus's forces were thrown into chaos, allowing them to be overwhelmed by Vermis'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.
In the wake of Darth Noctus's death and Vermis's reappearance, Belia used these events as a way of inspiring loyalty among the Sith in her favor. With the backing of Vermis, now working under the Shi'ido's influence, Belia ensured that she was accepted as the new leader of the Dominion, declaring herself the Dark Lord of the Sith. To signify the Dominion's change in leadership, Belia rechristened it the Sictis Imperium, also assuming the title of Empress. From this point, Belia set into motion her plan to debilitate the Galactic Republic and Jedi Order, beginning a conflict called the Sictis Wars. To begin her campaign, Belia orchestrated an attack against the Republic-held world of Caamas.
Rather than attempting to seize Caamas, Belia's intention was to demonstrate the new weapon of the Sictis Imperium: the metacron virus. In accordance with Belia's plan, the Imperium conducted a hit-and-run engagement, dispatching groups of metacrons into densely populated areas. As the Republic forces held off the attack, the Sith withdrew, leaving Belia's metacrons to spread the virus. As Belia intended, hundreds of thousands of beings were eventually transformed into the Sithspawn creatures. With Belia's virus spread on such a large scale, the resulting horde swarmed across the planet, continuously infecting and slaughtering even more citizens of Caamas.
Despite not conquering the planet, the aftermath of the Imperium's invasion had the impact that Belia hoped to achieve. By subjecting Camaas to this ordeal, Belia managed to frighten many faltering worlds within the Imperium into submission, particularly those who were still loyal to Darth Noctus. In the years that followed, Belia's strategy precluded a focused invasion of the Republic's home territory. Instead of committing her forces, Belia's regime focused on subjugating new worlds, allowing the Sictis Imperium to exploit new resources. At the same time, she sought to slowly destabilize the Republic through obstruction of trade, proxy wars, and outbreaks of her metacron virus.
As the ruler of the Sictis Imperium, Belia promoted the idea among Sith-held planets that she was all-powerful and divine, hoping to solidify her powerbase. Using her changeling talent to her advantage, Belia kept her true species a secret and avoided appearing to her subjects in person. Instead, Belia preferred to communicate holographically, or simply by sending her new enforcer, Vermis, to speak on her behalf. By keeping herself veiled in secrecy, Belia hoped to provoke rumors of her supposed power among the Imperium's citizens. At the same time, she wished to create uncertainty among the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order regarding her plans and motives.