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|“||Chancellor Lina Soh. Everything that woman does is an affront to our way of life. She comes into our systems, our territories, our space, tells us how to live, how to think. And so we strike back. We strike time and time again. We smash her hyper-lanes. Ravage her worlds. Kill her Jedi. And what does Lina Soh do? She laughs at us. She taunts us. We strike at her, and yet her Republic grows day by day. I've seen it for myself. Even now, Lina Soh is planning a spectacle to end all spectacles—the Republic Fair. Millions of her advocates, her followers... her sheep, arriving from every system to march beneath her colors. And not just the Republic. Their allies, even their enemies are invited. The Mon Calamari... the Togrutas... And why? So their numbers continue to swell. So their influence grows—but I say no! No more! They didn't invite the Nihil, but by the stars will we be there. And we will crush the real enemy, the symbol of their hope and their resilience. Death to the Chancellor. Death to Soh.||„|
|~ Ro rousing his Nihil forces before their attack on Valo.|
Marchion Ro is the main antagonist of the Star Wars: The High Republic multimedia project. He is a cameo antagonist in the novel Into the Dark, the main antagonist of the novel Light of the Jedi, the comic series The High Republic Adventures, and the novel The Rising Storm, and the overarching antagonist of the novel Out of the Shadows. He will be the titular main protagonist of the upcoming comic miniseries Eye of the Storm.
Ro was an enigmatic alien pirate who worked with the Nihil, providing them with unique hyperspace routes known as the Paths in exchange for a prestigious position in their organization as well as a sizable cut of all of the jobs that made use of the Paths. Sometime after the murder of his father and predecessor Asgar Ro, Marchion orchestrated a conflict between the Nihil and the Galactic Republic that gave him total control over the former.
With the Nihil at his command and the power of the Paths, Ro sought to dismantle the Republic and eradicate the peace-keeping Jedi Order so that he and his servants could be the controlling interest in the galaxy. However, he also had an ulterior motive in his plans, one which was shrouded in mystery and related to his unknown past.
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