The starting planets in SWTOR are pretty important locations. As the player’s introduction to the game, the experience they deliver will heavily influence how a player will expect the rest of the game to play out. In an effort to familiarize players with the history behind these starting planets, Swtor Life is offering the first of a series of articles focusing of the four starting planets in the game. First off, we will take a look at Korriban, the staring world of the Sith Warrior and Sith Inquisitor.
Korriban was the homeworld of the original Sith species. A desolate planet characterized by dusty and rocky outcroppings. Korriban was a harsh place that culled the weak from its inhabitants. Only the strong survived on Korriban, and that fact helped influence the culture of all who lived there. When the first Dark Jedi arrived on the planet and merged the Sith culture with their own, they founded what we know today as the Sith Empire. For years, Korriban was the capital world of the Sith Empire, completely unknown to the galaxy at large. The Sith Lords erected huge palaces and tombs to honor fallen Dark Lords and transformed the planet to serve as a monument to the Dark Side. For almost 2000 years the planet stood as a testament to the drive and power of the Sith Empire, until a pair of explorers searching out new hyperspace lanes, Jori and Gav Daragon, discovered the planet.
Jori and Gav were captured by the Sith forces upon landing on the planet, and a Sith Lord by the name of Naga Sadow used their arrival to encourage the Sith Empire to launch an attack against The Republic. Naga Sadow wanted to expand the borders of the Sith Empire and convinced his fellow Sith that the arrival of Jori and Gav was a sign that The Republic would eventually discover and attack the Sith Empire. He staged an attack that freed Jori and Gav and left behind evidence that suggested Republic Special Forces had been the ones to free the two explorers. He rallied the Sith forces behind his banner and launched a pre-emptive strike against The Republic. The resulting conflict, which came to be known as the Great Hyperspace War, ended with Republic forces defeating the Sith and pushing them back to Korriban. In a move that many now think may have been a mistake, the Republic forces razed the surface of Korriban in an attempt to wipe out the Sith for good. Those Sith who survived, fled the planet, vowing to one day return and reclaim the world for their own.
The planet remained unoccupied until it was settled by Dark Jedi who served under Exar Kun and survived his defeat by the Jedi, though the planet did not achieve significance again until the arrival of Revan and Malak. Having visited the Sith ruins in their search for the Star Forge, Revan and Malak took control of the Sith forces on Korriban and started using the planet as a training ground for their new wave of Sith apprentices. After Revan’s redemption, he visited the planet again, and ironically ended up wiping out most of the forces stationed at the academy. The remainder of the Sith forces on the planet ended up fighting amongst themselves over control of the planet, which resulted in the destruction of the rest of the Sith who inhabited the planet. The planet again became all but lifeless, though The Republic eventually stationed a defense force around the orbit of Korriban to keep anyone from discovering the Dark Side legacy on its surface. When the original Sith returned to the galaxy, retaking Korriban was a top priority. In a surprise attack, a massive fleet dropped out of hyperspace and decimated the Republic forces stationed on the planet before they knew what had happened. After reclaiming the planet, the Sith Empire reestablished the Sith Academy on the surface and began training the next generation of Sith warriors.
Korriban is considered a holy planet among the Sith Empire and one of the most recognizable locations in the Star Wars universe. It is symbolic with the very idea of the Sith itself and there is no better starting planet for the Force using classes of the Sith Empire. Over the following weeks leading up to SWTOR’s launch we will give you a low down on the lore surrounding the rest of the starting worlds in the game; Ord Manttel, Nal Hutta, and Tython. Keep following swtor-life.com as we walk you through all the rich back-story surrounding these worlds.
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