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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, also known as the Eye of the Nihil, is the main antagonist of the Star Wars: The High Republic multimedia project.
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.
He is a cameo antagonist in the novel The High Republic: Into the Dark, the main antagonist of the novel The High Republic: Light of the Jedi, the overarching antagonist of the comic series The High Republic Adventures and the manga series The High Republic: The Edge of Balance, the main antagonist of the novel The High Republic: The Rising Storm, the overarching antagonist of the comic series The High Republic and the comic miniseries The High Republic: Trail of Shadows, a minor yet pivotal antagonist in the novel The High Republic: Out of the Shadows, the main antagonist of the novel The High Republic: The Fallen Star, and the titular main protagonist of the comic miniseries The High Republic: Eye of the Storm.
Marchion Ro was an adult male member of the Evereni species, a humanoid alien race characterized by their slate-grey skin, dark blue blood, pointed ears, and pitch-black eyes. Ro was an angular, long-limbed, and well-built member of his species with silver markings etched into his skin and a handsome face that invoked the impression of a predator to those who gazed upon it. His long black hair was swept back off his face, and the Eye was usually seen wearing a set of three ear cuff earrings on each ear.
Legacy of Deceit
|“||All of our people who survived the galaxy's attempts to destroy our species are blades. Marchion is that blade's point. Its cutting edge, sharpened over a thousand generations of survival.||„|
|~ Shalla Ro commenting on her grandson's deadliness.|
The boy who would eventually take the name "Marchion Ro" was born during the High Republic Era as the son of Asgar Ro and the grandchild of Shalla Ro. The Ros belonged to the Evereni, a race of virtually unknown humanoid aliens that had been comprised of untrustworthy self-centered killers for generations. Due to generations of conflict, the Evereni had been whittled down to little numbers and mostly lived as nomads aboard gigantic spaceships. The Ros themselves had a history of conflict with the Galactic Republic that controlled a majority of the galaxy and the Force-wielding Jedi Order that protected it.
Marchion Ro originally hailed from a planet he considered his homeworld, although he and his father later abandoned it aboard their Evereni ship the "Gaze Electric." A cold-hearted and calculating child, Marchion was raised to hate the Republic and the Jedi and was taught how to imprison members of the Jedi Order by his grandmother Shalla. The Ros were intricately involved with the Nihil, a band of brutal pirates formed by Shalla Ro's mother who were united by their greed and hatred of the Republic. The Nihil were created to serve as a zealous army for the Ros when the time was right, a purpose for which Shalla Ro cultivated them over many years.
Child of the Eye
By 252 BBY, Ro had cultivated a friendship with an elderly woman being held voluntarily captive on the Gaze Electric called Mari San Tekka. San Tekka had the rare power to navigate hyperspace like no other, and could create unique hyperspace lanes called "Paths" that would allow a ship equipped with a "Path engine" to travel through hyperspace in ways normally considered impossible. While the young Ro was speaking with Mari San Tekka, Asgar murdered Marchion's grandmother Shalla due to a disagreement between the two of them regarding the Ro family's plans.
Marchion, who was unfazed by the murder of his grandmother, then accompanied his father to a remote location where the Tempest Runners (who held joint command over the Nihil as well as full command over their own divisions known as Tempests) Pan Eyta and Kassav Milliko were partying with their subordinates. Asgar Ro informed them that Shalla Ro was dead and that he had an opportunity for them, yet the short-sighted and self-serving Tempest Runners believed it would be more beneficial for them to kill the remaining Ros and take the Gaze Electric for themselves.
As they refused to listen to reason, Asgar made a proposal to the Tempest Runners: if the Nihil could shoot down Marchion in a small fighter craft, then he would willingly relinquish the Electric to them. However, if Marchion survived then they would have to hear Asgar out. Thanks to the Paths provided by San Tekka, Marchion was able to out maneuverer his enemies by making micro jumps and decimate the Nihil ships. After forcing Marchion to stand down, Asgar offered the Tempest Runners access to the Path engines.
- In the audio drama The High Republic: Tempest Runner, Ro was voiced by Marc Thompson. Thompson also voiced Pan Eyta and Jedi Master Sskeer in the same drama, and has previously provided his voice as a narrator for numerous Star Wars audio books. Outside of Star Wars, Thompson has also voiced Don Krieg in One Piece and Ashil in Shaman King.
- In the unabridged audio book versions of several The High Republic novels, Marchion Ro's forename was mispronounced by narrator Marc Thompson as "Mar-ch-ion" rather than the correct pronunciation "Mar-k-ion." As of The Fallen Star, however, the name has been pronounced correctly by Thompson.