What greater weapon is there than to turn an enemy to your cause? To use their own knowledge against them?
Belia Darzu was a Shi'ido female who attempted to orchestrate the ruination of the Sith during the Sictis Wars. Born on the planet Lao-mon, Darzu lived as a hunter within the rainforests of her homeworld before leaving and wandering the fringes of the galaxy. While traveling through the Outer Rim, she was captured by the forces of the Sictis Imperium. Upon the discovery that she was Force-sensitive, Darzu was trained to harness the power of the dark side, becoming a servant of a Sith cult called the Jen'taral.
After Darzu completed her training, a Sith Lord known as Darth Wyvorn subjected her to a ritual called the Rite of Binding, forcing her to serve him. While doing her master's bidding, the ritual caused Darzu to undergo periods of intense physical anguish. As a result, she harbored a murderous hatred towards Wyvorn, which eventually extended towards the Sith in general. After killing Wyvorn and freeing herself from the Rite, Darzu pursued a vendetta against the Jen'taral, hoping to destroy them from the inside.
To fulfill her new ambitions, Darzu used the Jen'taral's resources to accumulate knowledge of dark side alchemy, allowing her to turn the Sith's own methods against them. With the techniques gained from her research, she developed a network of spies and joined a conspiracy against the Imperium's ruler, the Dark Lord Darth Crucia. Following Crucia's sudden disappearance from the Imperium, Darzu participated in an attempt to kill the Dark Lord before sabotaging the mission at the last minute, saving his life.
Following her sabotage, Darzu exploited Crucia's desperation to restore his rapidly decaying body. By offering Crucia a cure, the Shi'ido was able to employ a Force technique that allowed her to exert control over his mind. Using her influence over Crucia, Darzu tricked the Dark Lord into believing that the Jen'taral had been plotting to usurp control of the Imperium. As a result of Darzu's manipulations, Crucia became convinced that—in order to secure his rulership—the Sith cult needed to be purged.
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 galaxy's Unknown Regions—where she lived by hunting for her own food. As Darzu grew older, she became more exhilarated by the perils she met within the forests. It was due to this that she 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, Darzu 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.
Over the course of her travels, Darzu gradually learned more about her Force-sensitivity, becoming fascinated by the power she believed it could grant her. Determined to tap into her potential, she pursued any sources that could offer her training. This search led Darzu into the Outer Rim Territories where she discovered an interplanetary empire called the Sictis Imperium. The turbulent and fanatical reputation of the Imperium's rulers—a Sith cult known as the Jen'taral—made Darzu hesitant about joining them. Regardless of her uneasiness, the Shi'ido ultimately found herself captured by Sith forces while she attempted to scout their territory.
You will live on our terms, or not at all.
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 Darzu was a shape-shifter, which she attempted to use to her advantage. Nonetheless, her connection to the Force was ultimately uncovered, which led to her being singled out among the prisoners. Afterwards, Darzu was taken away to be trained into a servant of the Jen'taral. Against her own misgivings, Darzu was later inducted into an academy where she was taught to harness the power of the dark side. Over the course of her training, the Shi'ido underwent a series of trials that tested her both physically and mentally. Despite the demands of the training, Darzu's previous combat experience allowed her to exceed the expectations of her instructors.
After completing her training and graduating from the academy, Darzu became the apprentice of a Sith Lord known as Darth Wyvorn. Immediately following Dazru's apprenticeship, Wyvorn subjected her to a ritual called the Rite of Binding which—through the power of the Force—effectively bonded the Shi'ido to her new Sith Master. The Rite of Binding was intended to prevent insubordination and desertion, forcing Darzu to remain within a certain proximity of her master. Leaving this proximity caused her to experience intense pain, while attempting to attack Wyvorn would induce temporary paralysis. This ritual, however, did not work to its full potential, as Darzu still maintained her own will. Hoping to trick Wyvorn, Belia acted completely subservient under the effects of the Rite, hoping that it would provide an opportunity for her to retaliate.
As an unwilling servant of the Jen'taral, Darzu undertook a number of missions to help further the Imperium's campaign of conquest. Since these tasks forced Darzu away from her master, the effects of the Rite of Binding often caused her to experience intense pain. To mitigate the pain, Darzu was taught by Wyvorn to embrace her negative emotions as a way of fueling the power of the dark side within her. This method did not work perfectly, however; it was merely intended to maintain Darzu's ability to complete her given tasks. As such, she still endured a portion of the pain while doing her master's bidding, serving as a constant reminder of her subjection under him.
While enduring the Rite of Binding, Darzu harbored intense resentment towards Wyvorn, though she was unable to directly act against him. Despite being impressed by Darzu's performance, as well as her feigned obedience, Wyvorn took credit for her achievements in order to advance himself, adding to her indignation. During her forced servitude, the Shi'ido's resentment towards Wyvorn evolved into an abiding murderous hatred. As time went by, her hatred extended towards the Jen'taral as a whole, causing her to blame them not only for her intermittent periods of agony, but also because she believed that they had stripped away her free will. Feeling trapped, Darzu began to consider suicide, believing that death was preferable to perpetual servitude. In time, however, Darzu's suicidal thoughts were pushed aside by her desire to kill her master.
Unthinking obedience is fine for a warrior, but a scientist must question—or be worth nothing.
Hoping to circumvent the Rite of Binding, Darzu continued feigning obedience while waiting for a chance to orchestrate Wyvorn's death. During this time, the Shi'ido took an interest in her master's Sith alchemy research. In particular, she noticed that Wyvorn had been experimenting on a number of Sithspawn creatures—particularly the deadly Tuk'ata—that he kept locked inside a reinforced pen. By adopting Wyvorn's appearance and acquiring a sample of his DNA, Darzu was able to bypass the security mechanisms on the pen. After freeing the Tuk'ata, Darzu assumed the form of the creatures to prevent them from attacking her, allowing her to lure them towards the unsuspecting Wyvorn. In the ensuing trap, she watched with satisfaction as her master was eviscerated by the Tuk'ata, his body ultimately mangled beyond recognition.
Through Wyvorn's death, Darzu severed her connection to the Rite of Binding, freeing herself from the control of the Jen'taral. As a side-effect, however, Darzu continued to experience residual pain from the Rite, even after finally killing her master. Upon realizing this, Darzu grew distressed and infuriated, believing her new-found freedom to be a hollow victory. Overcome by her lingering hatred towards the Sith, Darzu adopted a new desire to bring about their downfall. To achieve this, she sought to accumulate knowledge about her former enslavers, allowing her to use their own methods against them. By doing so, Darzu hoped to find a way of sabotaging them from the inside.
To help further her new ambitions, Belia assumed Darth Wyvorn's identity, inheriting all of the privileges and resources he once had within the Jen'taral. After studying the research notes of her former master, Darzu gained insight into old forms of Sith alchemy, learning of its potential to control and alter the living and the inanimate. In her pursuit for knowledge, Darzu became familiar with mechu-deru, a technique that allowed her to sense and control the inner-structures of machinery and circuitry. Through her experimentation, Darzu found a way of using this technique on droids, modifying them to operate more effectively than their original designs allowed.
As her research progressed, Darzu began investigating ways of employing the techniques she had learned on living beings. Distrustful of her Sith peers, Darzu undertook a number of excursions outside of the Imperium's territory. By doing this, she hoped to discover locations that were strong with the dark side, allowing her to safely work away from the Jen'taral's scrutiny. During her expeditions, Darzu discovered hyperlane charts that allowed for safe travel into the Deep Core of the galaxy. It was here where Darzu located Tython, a planet that had been largely abandoned due to the region's unstable hyperspace routes. Attracted by the planet's Force nexus, she hoped to use it as a hidden sanctuary to house her experiments. As such, Darzu oversaw the construction of a secret laboratory, renovating an abandoned temple of the Jedi Order.
To supply live subjects for her new experiments, Darzu abducted a number of prisoners and slaves who had been held by the Sictis Imperium. As a result of these experiments, she was able to combine her knowledge of mechu-deru with Wyvorn'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, only without the limitations of the Rite of Binding. Seeing this as a major breakthrough in her research, Darzu 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, Darzu intended to find a way of utilizing it to further her plans of subverting the Jen'taral.
Treachery is the way of the Sith.
In an effort to take her plans to a new level, Belia developed a network of spies to monitor the Sith from the inside, providing her with information about their activities. For a source of capable and reliable agents, Darzu returned to her homeworld, Lao-mon, where she abducted members of her own species from the planet. Following their abduction, Darzu implanted the Shi'ido with cybernetics which—through mechu-deru vitae—allowed her to gradually exert control over their minds. After coercing them into serving her cause, Darzu used these Shi'ido to infiltrate key sectors of the Imperium and the Jen'taral, using their shape-shifting abilities to keep them hidden in plain sight.
Through her spies, Darzu learned that the supreme ruler of the Imperium—the Dark Lord Darth Crucia—had been left severely weakened by his immersion in the dark side. While Darzu began to spread rumors regarding Crucia's diminishing strength, the Imperium's campaign against the Galactic Republic was being thwarted. The losses faced by the Imperium, combined with Darzu's rumors, caused a number of Sith Lords to grow disillusioned with Crucia's leadership. In particular, Darths Signus, Noctus and Rax initiated a conspiracy against the Dark Lord with the goal of overthrowing him. After joining the conspirators, Darzu provided them with evidence of Crucia's weakness.
Convinced by Darzu's evidence, the conspirators made plans to kill Darth Crucia following his sudden disappearance from the Imperium. Despite her cooperation, Darzu had no intention of replacing Crucia with new leadership. Instead, her plan was to find a way of turning the Sith against one another, ideally sparking chaos and infighting throughout the Jen'taral. After tracking Crucia's movements to the remote world of Tund, Darzu and the conspirators organized a team of assassins to end Crucia's life once and for all. To commence the mission, the death squad bombarded Crucia's approximate position using a hijacked battleship, the Hecatomb. Immediately afterwards, Darzu and the other assassins descended on the bombed area. Upon discovering that the Dark Lord had survived, the team hoped to overwhelm him while he was vulnerable.
Despite Crucia's weakened state, the Dark Lord still managed to slay a large portion of the assassins, leaving Darzu, Noctus and Signus as the only survivors. The surprise attack left Crucia on the brink of death, however, at which point Darzu made a last-minute decision to save his life, realizing she could make use of him. With her fellow conspirators focusing on Crucia, Darzu injected Signus with a sample of her metacron virus. The resulting infection lobotomized Signus's brain, allowing Darzu to drive him into a rabid frenzy against Noctus. In the ensuing confusion, Noctus's attention was briefly diverted as he defended himself, which Darzu used an opportunity to kill him.
In the aftermath of the fight, Darzu discovered that Crucia—while alive—had been left grievously wounded and incapacitated, effectively leaving the Dark Lord at her mercy. Having realized Crucia's desperation to cure his decaying body, Darzu took the Dark Lord away in a nearby shuttle. Through the ship's medical facilities and her own alchemical skill, Belia stabilized Crucia's condition and kept him incapacitated while traveling to her laboratory on Tython. Once there, Darzu implanted Crucia with a number of mechanical cybernetics, successfully restoring him to full strength. By employing mechu-deru vitae, Darzu was able to use these implants to exert control over Crucia's mind.
Personality and traitsEdit
After her subjection to the Rite of Binding, Darzu developed a streak of bloodthirstiness and sadism as she was molded to serve the Jen'taral. In particular, she was taught by her master, Wyvorn, to embrace her negative emotions as a means of fueling her dark side power; in turn, Darzu's inability to act against Wyvorn caused her to harbor bitter resentment towards him. Over time, this evolved into murderous hatred, causing Darzu to fantasize about killing him. To satisfy her repressed wrath, she relished the suffering of others, feeding off their pain and misery. When Darzu finally succeeded in orchestrating Wyvorn's murder, she derived great pleasure from watching him perish.
In the aftermath of Wyvorn's death, Darzu came to believe that her master and, by extension, the Sith, had stripped away any aspirations or dreams she may have once had. Although she had freed herself from the Sith's control, Darzu was unable to let go of the anger and hatred that Wyvorn had fostered within her. This served as a constant reminder Belia's past subjection under the Sith, as well as the lingering agony she experienced from the Rite of Binding. As a result, she grew despondent over the realization that her years of forced servitude could never be undone. Driven by her disdain towards the Sith, Darzu pursued a personal vendetta against them, hoping to bring about their downfall.
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. In addition, she possessed a telepathic ability that allowed her to project false impressions onto the minds of those she encountered. Through this form of telepathy, Darzu could imitate minor details that would be impossible to mimic through shape-shifting alone. During her time with the Sith, she 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.
Using her shape-shifting ability, Darzu was capable of storing small items inside of her body. In lightsaber combat, she made use of this technique to perform unorthodox maneuvers against her opponents. By concealing multiple lightsaber hilts inside her body, the Shi'ido would often attempt to surprise her opponents by suddenly ejecting a spare blade. While she typically assumed the appearance of a humanoid, Darzu was also capable of morphing her body into non-humanoid shapes. In particular, she could shape her limbs into irregular forms, such as claws or tendrils, which could subsequently be used in combat.