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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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You killed my father, didn't you? I don't know for sure it was you, but I'm choosing to believe it was. And if it wasn't, well, Lourna Dee and Pan Eyta... their time will come. Goodbye, Kassav, and thank you. You and your Tempest are about to save the Nihil. We thank you for your sacrifice.
~ Ro sacrificing Kassav Milliko and his forces as part of his grand plan.
Kassav believed he was taking his crews to save us all, to protect us, to keep the Republic from learning our secrets. It was a trap, a lie. You see how they came for him. The Republic and the Jedi hunted down Kassav's Tempest like vermin. But look. Look what Kassav and his people did. Our brothers and sisters refused to fight the way the Republic wanted them to. They fought like the Nihil. Yes. The Paths make us strong—but Kassav's numbers were too few, and there was only so much he could do, even with the gifts I gave him. But look what he did. Look what he and his people did. I did not expect this. I don't know if Kassav ordered this, or our fellows just decided they had enough of their freedom being taken, enough of the Republic telling us what to do, thinking they can control our planets and kill our people and... well. There is a point where every being breaks, and chooses freedom over tyranny. Kassav's people did this for themselves. For each other. And for us. We are the Nihil, I am the Eye, Marchion Ro, I am the Nihil. And so... are all of you. Kassav and his people died, so we could stay free. But that fight isn't over. The Republic will come for us. And the Jedi. We are no longer Tempests, Storms, Clouds, Strikes. We are one thing. We are all the Nihil. For Kassav!
~ Marchion's tribute to Kassav.
Kassav sacrificed himself to preserve the Nihil way of life, as did his Tempest. He showed us the way. Whatever we have been, our wealth, our power... it's just the beginning. Do you know why? Let me show you. The galaxy. But when I look at it, I do not see only stars and planets. I see... a storm. We are all the Nihil... we don't just ride the storm. We are the storm. Now we will own the storm. We've kept ourselves to the Outer Rim—didn't want to attract too much attention, didn't want to spoil a good thing. That is over. We are going to go as hard and as far as we can, and we are going to take what we want. The Nihil are going galaxy-wide. I have an archive of Paths that will take us all across the galaxy. We can go anywhere we want, take anything we want. Lina Soh and her Republic and the Jedi tried to destroy us, but Kassav's sacrifice brought us time. Time to build, time to plan, time to grow our numbers. A day will come when we will teach the Republic that we cannot be destroyed. They will fear the Nihil. And if they try to take our freedom again, we will tear them apart. By the blood of the one who gave everything for us... Kassav. Go. Bring me more Nihil, as many as you can... and I will give you everything.
~ Ro unveiling his plans for the Nihil.

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