"Immortality is a pleasure reserved for the persistent."A name chosen by the Dark Lord Validus himself, the word "Atrox" loosely translates to "terrible", "cruel", and "horror".
Originally born Kalen Sura on Hapes Prime, the young man found it rather difficult to adjust to the societal hierarchies that had been in place for millenia. Hapan society is a matriarchy. Male members of the society are considered to be second class citizens, having less worth than a female. Kalen, much like his father Malcolm, struggled to accept this belief.
Malcolm Sura was an expert fencing instructor to the Royal family on Hapes Prime. During his youth, Kalen would accompany his father and assist him with his duties as needed. Rumor has it that Kalen even once met a younger female of the Royal family. Though it is unclear what transpired between the two, the young man's path would be changed forever on that day.
As societies rise and topple, so do their citizens. When Kalen was in his teens, his father, having always struggled to accept a subservient role, organized a relatively insignifcant uprising against the Hapan government. The uprising, however, was shortlived as several of its organizers, including Malcolm Sura, were apprehended, tried and executed for their crimes.
Having lost hope in his homeworld, Kalen decided that it was time to leave in search of a better life. A few years after the demise of his father, the young man crafted a brilliant plan to steal a Miy'til starfighter from the Royal Navy and use it to make his escape. Though his plan ended up being successful, Kalen was forced to destroy several other Miy'til starfighters that were dispatched to apprehend him. As a result of his escape, an arrest warrant was issued by the Consortium for him.
With the Consortium's agents and various bounty hunters close in pursuit, Kalen set a course for Tatooine as the planet had a reputation for harboring the galaxy's fugitives...
Life as a SmugglerEdit
There is no glory in being a smuggler. The pay varies from minimal to extravagant. Work comes and goes seemingly at random intervals. Nothing is guaranteed. Nothing is taken for granted. Still, for a fugitive on the run, it was good work. Anonymity along with the constant change in location, allowed Kalen to finally blend into society. He no longer felt the paranoid of every corner and every dark unlit alley. For the first time in a long time, he was starting to feel normal again.As is common with the smuggling world, the Captains usually make out much better than their crew. Kalen worked odd jobs here and there for various shipping vessels until he saved enough money to purchase most of the raw materials needed to build a small ship.
Though he knew not how she would look, the Hapan did know that the name of his vessel would be the Persephone. Months of work during the night and day produced several sub-par versions of the ship. Finally, after much trial and error, Kalen built a functional shipping vessel. Slowly, he gathered a grew for the Persephone. As his crew grew in numbers, so did his vessel's reputation.
One of his greatest blunders as a smuggler was his dealings with a particular Mandalorian whose name is unclear. He wore vibrant armor and towered over most of the population. Kalen offered to assist the Mandalorian in any shipping needs. The Mandalorian directed the Hapan to a cache of weapons and asked him to deliver said weapons to Uvena Prime. Craving a quick paycheck instead, Kalen accepted the Mandalorian's money but never delivered the weapons. Sooner or later there is a price to pay for crossing a Mandalorian...
The following is an exerpt from Lord Atrox's personal datapad. Records indicate that this recording was made on Mos Entha:
"I stood staring across the vast desert. There was but emptiness and its reach was infinite.
I held a pile of sand within the clutch of my palm. As time progressed, so did the sand escape, drifting lifelessly to join its brethren in eternal migration.
And in the nature of the sand, I saw my true self, nomadic and unsettled.
As if it was predetermined by the stars, the sand soon came to settle and the wind ceased, a premonition to catastrophe.
And my eyes, at that exact moment, came to rest upon a star that shined so brightly it penetrated the shroud of daylight.
And though the star was distant, her essence felt close.
And a single note, more beautiful than a harmonized rendition of Mon Calamari opera, escaped her lips.
She called to me.
And though I knew not the implications of such a call, I had but one choice in all of it.
The Darkness calls to us all..."
Arrival On ByssEdit
There is a duality to the nature of the galaxy's Sith. Some are rather upfront with their affiliation, apologizing to no one. Others, however, operate within the shadows, behind the concealment of legitimacy. It was during his tenure as a smuggler that Kalen came upon a young woman by the name of Nora. Nora seemed rather...well...normal. What set her apart from the rest of Tattooine's diverse residents was that she wore a curious item upon her belt, a lightsaber.
Kalen knew only what he had studied of the Jedi and their dark counterparts on Hapes Prime. Now that he'd set out upon the rest of the galaxy, it would only be a certain amount of time before he came face to face with one of these legends.
In those days, Kalen and his crew took whatever job came there way. Survival was difficult, work came and went, and the competition was stiff. Nora approached Kalen and requested transportation to Byss. Suspicious of this destination, Kalen reluctantly agreed to transport her and her cargo to the mysterious planet. Truth be told, the Hapan felt somewhat drawn to the planet. Even if the pay was mediocore, it would be impossible for him to refuse the job now.
And so it was that Kalen Sura, Nora and his crew aboard the Persephone departed for the planet Byss...
Initiate to DiscipleEdit
Upon completing the required Initiate's curriculum, Kalen Sura was promoted to the rank of Disciple of the Dark Lords of the Sith. His Master was to be Lady Nessa, a seasoned Sith Lord within the order and rising Sorceress. While the exact nature of the work that as performed by Kalen during his tenure as Disciple is of a restricted nature, one of the best kept secrets of his achievements during that period is his successful infiltration of the Kalway Order of the Jedi on Yavin IV. To this day, he has not been held accountable for that crime.
While serving under the disguise of a Jedi Padawan, the Disciple was brought under the tuteluge of Jedi Knight Xzhar SeaTreader. After enough information was collected about the Kalway Jedi Order, the Disciple slipped away into the night and returned to Byss to be honored by his comrades for his achievements. It was upon his return that Kalen Sura was given the name of Atrox by Darth Validus himself and promoted to the rank of Sith Lord. His master, Lady Nessa, was also promoted to the rank of Darth for her contributions to the rise of Lord Atrox.
The following is a document that was recovered and scanned into the historical archives. It is believed to be written by the Disciple Kalen Sura in his earlier days...
The following is an analysis and personal interpretation of the code that each member of this order is expected to live their lives by. The code, in its simplicity, is not to be mistaken for being simple in meaning as well. Indeed, the Code of the Sith has a profound and continuing effect on each and every one of us. I would contend that the Code goes even further as it can be applied to every living being in the universe. Whether a being chooses to follow the code or not is irrelevant. There are certain truths within the mantra that hold universal for every living creature.
"Peace is a lie. There is only passion."
The Code starts out with a statement concerning the nature of the universe. True peace is the absence of conflict whether said conflict is internal or external. Any sentient being with the capability of using logical reasoning can surely agree that the absolute and complete absence of conflict is simply impossible. Conflict is an encompassing term. Indeed, conflict is present from the tiniest of microbial creations struggling for survival to the most advanced beings exerting their will over others. The idea that peace is achievable is a lie because no where in the galaxy does their exist such a plan of reality that is wholly void of conflict. Passion, instead, is offered by the Code as the truth. In all beings sentient or not there is passion. In a one-celled organism there is the passion to survive and procreate. In a an organism featuring billions of cells there exists also a passion, though it may be slightly of a different caliber. Passion is a term that can be substituted for emotion or for drive. In the case of a sentient being, there exists emotion. In the case of a non-sentient, there is a drive within the creature. The first line of the Sith Code is a correction to the popular concept that is peace. The first line then substitutes peace with its reality: passion. The first line of the Sith Code acts as an establishing statement from which the rest of the code is built upon. Based on the fact that peace is false and passion is true, the following terms are merely the logical progression of reasoning.
"Through passion, I gain strength."
As discussed earlier, passion is not only emotion but it is drive as well. Perhaps the term could better be described as an emotion with direction. Emotion without direction can often be wasteful and meaningless. If one is angry and decides the best course of action is to sit and pout, what has been accomplished? However, if one is angry and decides to channel their anger into creating a solution to the initial problem, then I would contend the potential of accomplishment is much higher than the previous scenario. Perhaps it would be appropriate to put things into perspective through the use of an analogy. Passion is to willpower as a crystal is to a lightsaber. Indeed, passion is that which fuels one's will to accomplish something. Willpower is to strength as a foundation is to a building. Willpower is the universal motivator. Its presence empowers the individual and drives him or her closer to what he or she seeks to attain. To summarize, through directed emotion, one is develops a strong willpower. Through the use of the willpower, one's resolve is clarified and inevitably strengthened.
"Through strength, I gain power."
Strength is a tool much as anger is. Strength, I would even contend, could be synonymous with power. However, this is not always the case. Unharnessed, unused, and raw strength can also be meaningless when there is no purpose or direction applied to it. Again, the superiority of a directed attribute arises in the Code. Perhaps this line is better translated as: Through directed and disciplined strength, the attainment of power is inevitable. The Code, I am sure, is vague for the very specific reason of keeping it open for interpretation. Still, it is noteworthy to mention that one who is strong and disciplined is well on the way to true power. Power, for the purpose of this document, shall be defined as one's ability to control one's self and others.
"Through power, I gain victory."
This is where the Code becomes even more vague. What is the definition of victory? What is the definition of victory for a Sith? Does power necessarily ensure such a victory? All are fair questions and each will need to be addressed before we can move forward in this logical progression. First, I believe it it reasonable to hypothesize that victory, in its most general terms, is the defeat of one's adversaries. For a Sith, an adversary is any thing that attempts or succeeds in preventing one from advancing toward's one's goals. Generally, a Sith pursues goals such as the mastering of a certain art and/or the solidification of power. This line can, however, be misleading. One could interpret the line to mean that with the acquisition of power automatically follows victory. I do believe that there is a bit more to the whole ordeal than that. Indeed, it should be noted that with the acquisition of true power, or the mastery of one's self and those around him or her, that victory is attained. It is logical to assume that victory is the only plausible outcome when a Sith holds true power over his world. This is a logical assumption because if one truly has control over himself and others then any aspect of his universe can be manipulated to suit his needs, thus gaining him victory against that which oppresses him.
"Through victory, my chains are broken."
It is my opinion that this line of the Code is rather redundant, yet equally necessary to drive home the conclusion of the logical progression. In simple terms, it is obvious to see that without the hindrance of one's self or others that there truly exist no more literal or metaphorical chains. Truly, the empowered Sith is the victorious Sith. And the victorious Sith is the free Sith. We master not ourselves and others for the purposes of such mastery, but for the attainment of true freedom.
"The Force shall set me free."
This is the last verse of the code and it is the culmination, the conclusion of logical progression. Freedom is the final goal of a Sith. Freedom, by its very definition requires one to unrestrained to pursue anything that he sees fit for pursuit. In order to be free to pursue one's pleasures and dream, one must be held back by nothing. The Force is the ultimate tool used by a Sith to ensure that he is freed from his bonds. It is through the Force that he can control himself and others. It is through the Force that he can destroy entire worlds and can erase from the pages of history an entire people. It is through the Force that great acts of cruelty are enacted. It is through the Force that the greatest accomplishments are attained. The Force is a powerful tool and weapon in the hands of a master. There are great forces at work in this universe. The great forces would usually be unmatched by a mere individual who refused to use the Force. Indeed, the mastery and manipulation of the Force is the only thing that can truly free a Sith because that which attempts to bound him is no match for it.
In conclusion, the Sith Code may be worded simply but its meaning is deep. The Code reaches into the very depth of an individual's existence and questions universally accepted concepts and theories. The Code is a challenge to the strong to endeavor to rise above the veil that is the lie of the Jedi. The Code is a calling to do more with one's life, to be great. I have been called by this Code and have chosen to answer. I will break my own chains and I shall soon be free.
Signed: Disciple Kalen Sura