The Sith Triumvirate was a loose alliance of what remained of Darth Revan's Sith Empire. It was solidified sometime after the Battle of Rakata Prime. This organization was comprised of several, if not hundreds of Sith apprentices, Sith Masters and most importantly, Sith Assassins. It was responsible for the near complete destruction of the Jedi Order during the First Jedi Purge and the attack on Katarr.
Leadership and originsEdit
- "But above these legions there are three who must be stopped. As long as any one of them lives then we, and all life are doomed."
The Triumvirate was lead by three joint Sith Lords: Darth Traya, and her two apprentices, Darth Nihilus, and Darth Sion. These three were all under tutelage at the Trayus Academy on Malachor V. During their time studying the dark side, they learned of specific traits and skills that they had, styling themselves as unique titles for Lords of the Sith.
Darth Traya, Lord of BetrayalEdit
- "…But there must always be a Darth Traya, one that holds the knowledge of betrayal. Who has been betrayed in their heart, and will betray in turn."
- —Darth Traya[src]
Darth Traya, before her fall to the dark side, was a Jedi Master named Kreia. Kreia was very contemplative and philosophical, to the degree that she could be called a Gray Jedi. She was one of the many teachers who trained Revan, who later became an infamous Sith Lord and important figure in galactic history. Revan, along with his friend, Malak, led the crusade against the Mandalorians. Many of her other students succumbed to Revan's beliefs and joined him. Kreia was blamed for Revan's actions, and was cast out of the Jedi Order. She questioned her beliefs in the gray philosophy. She began searching for answers, meeting those she had affected through her teachings. Eventually, she came to Malachor V, a dead world, powerful in the dark side. She was curious, the Sith ruins drawing her in. She became overpowered with the allure of the dark side, and became Darth Traya, Lord of Betrayal, having been betrayed by the Jedi, and ready to betray in turn. She attained the title of headmistress of the Trayus Academy, able to hold any students willing to fight for the cause of the Sith: to destroy the Jedi.
Darth Nihilus, Lord of HungerEdit
- "He is a wound in the Force, more presence than flesh, and in his wake life dies, sacrificing itself to his hunger."
- —Visas Marr to the Jedi Exile[src]
Little was known of Darth Nihilus's history. He was most likely a Jedi during the Mandalorian Wars, who became a prisoner. Nonetheless, he ended up fighting at Malachor V. One of the battle's few survivors, he was stranded in orbit around the planet. His high Force potential and power were demonstrated when he tore his new flagship, Ravager from the gravity well. It was a ghostly relic, still bearing scars from Mandalorian artillery, and shimmering with electrical pulses. Nihilus came upon the Trayus Academy at some time, seeking training from Traya. He received it, sharing equal prestige with another student, Darth Sion. During his time at the academy, he learned how to drain the Force, create wounds in it, and use Kreia's echoes to his advantage. Eventually, his training and abilities made him into a shell of his former self, a wound in the Force, corrupting those around him. Nihilus was different from other Sith in that he never sought to rule the galaxy or to create a new order; his purpose was to destroy all life everywhere in order to satisfy his hunger.
Darth Sion, Lord of PainEdit
In the wake of the power vacuum that divided the Sith on Korriban, one that emerged was Darth Sion. A twisted and broken shell, Sion was a patchwork of thousands of fragments of his original body. His cracked and decaying body was held together by sheer force of will and the dark side of the Force; he used the constant intense pain and agony of his condition to fuel his power, his hatred, and his body. Sion fled Korriban, coming to Malachor V, where he found the Trayus Academy, Traya, and training. His brutality and strength were something noted by Traya, but the two soon disliked each other because he did not yearn for knowledge or studies, but for hatred and power.
Betrayal, Hunger, and PainEdit
At the completion of their training, these three were now co-rulers of an Empire. The remnants of Revan and Malak's forces soon joined them on Malachor V, where they subtly intervened with galactic affairs, using Traya's idea of echoes in the Force, and corrupting Jedi to the dark side. Sion quickly grew impatient of waiting to fight the Jedi and the Republic, while Nihilus grew hungry and needed Force sustenance. The two conspired against Traya for a time, and then, when she was vulnerable, they struck. She was cornered from two sides in the Trayus Core while meditating, and violently subdued. Nihilus used the Force to slam her against a pillar. She reached for her lightsaber, but in vain. Sion then proceeded to beat her and throw her on the floor. During this time, the two Lords used a Force technique to sever her connection to the Force, also making her lose the evil that had corrupted her in the first place. Traya, Lord of Betrayal, was betrayed again.
Cast out by both Jedi and Sith, Kreia directed her anger towards the Force itself, treating it like an insidious god. She left the Sith Triumvirate she started, and began to direct her attention toward the Jedi Exile, who would later be the death of all three Lords and the Triumvirate. Sion and Nihilus now had dual control. However, due to their conflicting philosophies and their similar beliefs that the Jedi should be exterminated, they also went their separate ways, each taking a nearly equal section of the Empire.
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (First appearance)