The galaxy sits on the brink of conflict. The Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire are engaged in an intense cold war.
On the desert world of Korriban, numerous acolytes are training to become Sith. Among them, a young prodigy known as Alahn.
Alahn now prepares to face his final trial as he nears the completion of his training. He has been summoned by the Dark Council to attend to a matter of severe importance…
In that moment he recalled where he came from—or at least what the Dark Council had told him. Alahn was under the impression that the identity of his father was unknown, and that his mother had—to put it bluntly—traded him to the Dark Council when he was only an infant in return for a large sum of credits. It was a trade the Dark Council accepted only because they had sensed his innate strength in the Force. Alahn figured the average man would have been hurt by this kind of revelation, but he was not. He never personally knew his mother, so he saw no reason to care. He in fact felt glad that she made that decision long ago. It had turned him into what he was now: a wielder of power and weapon of destruction.
“I must say, I am flattered,” came a rather charming voice from Alahn’s right. It was Darth Vowrawn, a Pureblood whose sophistication seemingly contradicted the cruelty of the Sith, although that was surely a lie. “But tell me, young Alahn, how much gratitude do you owe to your actual master?”
Alahn knew exactly what Vowrawn meant, but he asked anyway, “Pardon me, Lord Vowrawn, but what do you mean?”
Vowrawn smiled, “Why, I think you know precisely what I mean. You thank us for our teachings, and yet seemingly neglect the lessons of your master, Lord Kariphos.”
Kariphos. About two years ago, Alahn had been assigned to learn under him in order to complete his training. Initially he respected the man, under the belief that he was powerful enough to train someone as strong as him. But it did not take Alahn long to realize the truth about Kariphos—he was weak and unworthy of being called Sith. His teachings were not of any relevance to Alahn, and his personal ideals constantly contradicted the Sith Code. He possessed a compassion that was comparable to that of a Jedi, the sworn enemies of the Sith. It disgusted Alahn.