|“||My life spans millennia. Legions have risen to test me… My ascendance is inevitable. A day, a year, a millennium—it matters not. I hold the patience of stone and the will of stars. Your striving is insignificant. Let your death be the same.||„|
|“||You discern a fraction of reality. Beyond these stars exist other galaxies, other worlds, other beings. I will experience or ignore them as I wish. I will spend eternity becoming everything: a farmer, an artist, a simple man. When the last living thing in the universe finally dies, I will enjoy peace and wait for the cycle to begin again.||„|
|~ The Sith Emperor to the Hero of Tython|
Vitiate, born as Tenebrae, also known as the Sith Emperor to the reconstituted Sith Empire, Valkorion to the Eternal Empire and to later history simply as Emperor Vitiate, is the main antagonist of the Star Wars Old Republic era. He was a Dark Lord of the Sith who reconstituted the Sith Empire after the Great Hyperspace War and went on to rule it for more than a millennium. Vitiate is one of the main antagonists (alongside Darth Malgus) of the BioWare MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic.
Vitiate appears as the unseen overarching antagonist of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, the main antagonist of the novel Star Wars: The Old Republic - Revan, the main antagonist of the Jedi Knight storyline and the overarching antagonist of all the other class storylines in Star Wars: The Old Republic, the overarching antagonist of the expansion Shadow of Revan, the primary antagonist of it’s update Rise of the Emperor, a major antagonist in Knights of the Fallen Empire, and the main antagonist of Knights of the Eternal Throne, an imprint of Tenebrae’s spirit serves as the primary antagonist in the Onslaught update Echoes of Oblivion. Due to his major influence over the franchise, he can be considered as one of the main antagonists of the Star Wars franchise as a whole, alongside Emperor Palpatine.
Tenebrae is voiced by Anthony Skordi, Vitiate is voiced by Doug Bradley, and Valkorion is voiced by Darin De Paul. Bradley also famously portrayed Pinhead from Hellrasier, while Paul also voiced Ardyn Izunia from the Final Fantasy series, Trade Prince Gallywix from World of Warcraft: Legion, Samuel Hayden from 2016s Doom, Zeron Alpha from 3Below, J. Jonah Jameson in Marvel's Spider-Man video game, and Bular from Wizards.
Powers and Abilities
|“||There is no death; there is only the Force—and I am its master.||„|
Even as a child, Vitiate possessed immense strength in the Force, and his abilities began to manifest themselves at the age of six. He used his newfound powers to snap his adoptive father's neck with a thought, and tortured his mother with the Force for months while feeding on her fear and pain. As his powers grew, Vitiate continued to gorge himself on the fear and suffering of those whom he tortured in public executions.
Vitiate's power at the age of thirteen was great enough for Marka Ragnos to acknowledge the teenager's strength and grant him the title of Lord Vitiate. Vitiate soon gained a reputation as a scholar, spending much of the next century studying the secrets of the dark side. He soon gained an immense knowledge of Sith sorcery, becoming one of the most powerful practitioners of both Sith magic and alchemy, and devised complex rituals to warp life itself. Another one of Vitiate's specialties was in the domination of his opponent's minds, as he was able to dominate the minds of eight thousand Sith Lords and bind them to his will.
He then used their combined power to perform the most complex ritual of Sith magic ever performed, ripping the Force from the entire planet of Nathema and absorbing the combined life force of every living thing on the surface. Lord Scourge suspected that Vitiate had not only absorbed the lives of those who had died in the ritual, but was in fact feeding off their spirits to sustain his own throughout the centuries that followed.