Dark Lords of The Sith
"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...