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[Lore] Dark Council Reforms

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Today, Bioware published on the SWTOR site an IC intelligence report from Lana Beniko that brings players up to speed on the current state of the game's story. Among the topics highlighted are reforms made to the Sith Empire's Dark Council's structure and membership. The new council structure is not new information to those of us who have already been exploring the datamined information, but the new Bioware post actually gives us all the names of the new Council members.

This post will inform RPers about the known backgrounds of the current Dark Council members.

Two things I'd like to highlight about the new Council members at the start:

1. All Council positions are held by new members with the exception of Darth Vowrawn (if the player character sided with the Sith Empire). While the fates of several councilors remain unknown (e.g., Rictus, Aruk), it can be reasonably inferred that those former Council members are probably deceased.

2. All Council members have already appeared in the game in some form.



REFORMED DARK COUNCIL STRUCTURE


SITH DOCTRINE: Darth Anathel
  • Ancient Knowledge
  • Mysteries
  • Sith Philosophy

MILITARY COMMAND: Darth Krovos
  • Defense of the Empire
  • Military Offense
  • Military Strategy

SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENT: Darth Malora
  • Technology
  • Biotic Science

CIVIL ADMINISTRATION: Darth Shaar
  • Production and Logistics
  • Laws and Justice

GALACTIC INFLUENCE: Darth Xarion
  • Sith Intelligence
  • Expansion and Diplomacy




Anathel and Xarion appeared once early in the game in the Diplomacy crafting mission Blind Hatred. According to the mission description, the two Sith lords were engaged in a conflict in the Stygian Caldera which caused disruptions to Imperial trade. As the player, you may dispatch your companion to persuade them to take their feud elsewhere. That both of these figures have since ascended to the Dark Council is significant, and it will be interesting to see in future game updates if these two councilors have settled their differences or if their feud rages on.

I'm absolutely thrilled to see the return of Krovos to the game. The Sith Pureblood lord first appeared in Game Update 2.6 - Galactic Starfighter. Krovos could be seen as an associate of Admiral Zasha Ranken, commander of Imperial Forward Command. Krovos exhibited an obviously close relationship and respect for Imperial military authorities and she is undoubtetly one of the best Sith lords to manage the Imperial military.

Malora is a character we've already had some time to consider, since her role was revealed in a previous Twitch stream.

Shaar has been doing the Dark Council's business since the Empire's invasion of Belsavis. Players will remember her as an overly flirty Sith lord on Belsavis who grants the mission [heroic 2+] Old Enemies. In that mission, Shaar directed the player character to execute a death warrant issued for the Zabrak Sith Lord Raxxus, with whom Shaar had previously enjoyed a sexual relationship. Shaar's former relationship is of special interest now, as it means that even though she is a Sith Pureblood, she may be one of the proponents of further integration of aliens into Imperial life.
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Thanks for posting! I just want to underline one important but common misconception I keep seeing people panic over;

These are not new spheres! There is still a leader up at the top of each sphere, but instead of them each reporting to a single Dark Counselor of that sphere, some spheres' Dark Counselors have been consolidated and get a fancy name for their grouping.

So please do not stress and tear out your hair, friends, your sphere is still in tact. Your boss's boss just has a new boss and this likely will not impact your RP or your character's job or political workings.

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