“Our time has come. For 300 years, we prepared. We grew stronger. While you rested in your cradle of power, believing your people were safe… and protected. You were trusted to lead the Republic—but you were deceived, as our powers of the dark side have blinded you. You assumed no force could challenge you…and now…finally…we have returned.“
Darth Malgus, Star Wars: The Old Republic
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So I’ve been trying to write something about Star Wars: The Old Republic for a long time. It’s a MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) Video Game that I have been playing pretty consistently for 8 damn years, so it’s quite tricky to sum my feelings on it.
For a quick summary: The Old Republic is set in the Star Wars universe but takes place around 3000 years before the events of the movie. The game focuses on The Great Galactic Civil War between the Republic and the Sith Empire. So far it sounds similar to what we’re used to with Star Wars, but the big difference that I can’t help but love – both sides have massive armies of Force users. So there are 1000s of Sith and 1000s of Jedi doing battle across a galaxy at war. Count me in.
So anyway what I’ve decided to do is cheat by summing up all of my feels and start from the very beginning with one of the original trailers of the game. Deceived.
For those who can’t watch the trailers I’ll summarise: The trailer shows the events of the Sacking of Coruscant in which the Sith Empire destroys the Jedi Temple on Coruscant (the Republic capital) and force the Republic to agree to a ceasefire that eventually becomes the Treaty of Coruscant, taking the galaxy into a sort of cold war.
So why do I love this trailer so much? Well it comes down to one guy really. Darth Malgus.
Darth Malgus is one of the Sith Empires leading Sith Lords and while he is not on the Sith Council, he is recognised as one of the best duellists and Force users in the Empire. He’s a ruthless tactician and viciously ambitious, and spoilers I guess, he appears quite a lot in the game as an antagonist.
But here’s why I especially love him in that trailer. He kicks all kinds of ass and ultimately he is the one who bring the Jedi to the knees on their home turf.
And actually I can go one further. Let’s compare him to Palpatine shall we?
Palpatines plan to get rid of the Jedi consisted of:
- Hide in the shadows and slowly manipulate your way up the ladder of politics.
- Once your in charge, manipulate an idiot into giving you unchallengeable power (Jar Jar).
- Orchestrate a galactic civil war with a bunch of soldiers you had purpose built to kill the Jedi when the time came.
- Be in charge of both sides of the war simultaneously.
- Juggle between manipulating banking clans, Republic politicians and public opinion.
- Gaslight the chosen one from an ancient prophecy until he is so broken he has to side with you.
- Make sure all the Jedi are stuck in isolation, scattered around the galaxy.
- Trigger hidden code in your created soldiers so they act as their Jedi’s assassins.
- Let the chosen one suffer in perpetual agony rather than healing him up properly in order to amplify his rage so he is a better attack dog for you.
- Congratulations: You’ve now gotten rid of all the Jedi!
Now let’s look at Malgus’ plan to deal a fatal blow to the Jedi:
- Load a ship with Sith
- Walk through the front door
- Burn it to the ground
If you ask me, Malgus’ plan is a lot more efficient and gets straight to the heart of the matter much more directly.
Palpatine might have performed a beautiful dance around the galaxy. Malgus just punched it in the face.
Thanks for reading! Until next time, remember to take care of yourselves. Peace!
A great Star Wars themed parody of Let it Go from Disney’s Frozen.