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 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 an obscure Force technique known as mechu-deru. Using her knowledge, 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 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 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.
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 by the Sith Order. An adherent of the Sith doctrines, 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, an ability which allowed 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 set about 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 them as a myth.
Using mechu-deru to blend technology and the Force, Darzu initiated a secret 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 and seize the mantle of 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 and 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 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 scattered, broken 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. While doing so, she learned that the Sith were not the only practitioners of mechu-deru; many years before Darzu's time, the Jedi had once used the technique 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 long-abandoned Jedi stronghold. Seeking Tython's exact whereabouts, Darzu infiltrated the Jedi headquarters on Coruscant. Searching through the archives of the Order, she 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 and inspired by her preceding self-transformation, Darzu believed she had uncovered the key to realizing the Sith technobeasts. Convinced that their creation was firmly within her grasp, she utilized the Jedi temple as a laboratory, drawing 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 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 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. 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, preferring to blend with the galaxy's inhabitants as a 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 through deception.
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 self-transformation, the implants were left greatly malformed and disproportionate. Furthermore, the remnants of Darzu's organic self grew frail and ravaged, an affliction exacerbated by her frequent immersion in the power of the dark side.
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.
After becoming 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.