Lord Scourge (iconic)
“As the Sith Emperor’s personal executioner, the grimly fatalistic Lord Scourge has personally killed more than a hundred Jedi–and ten times as many Sith. Even the most powerful members of the Dark Council avoid offending the man bearing the title “the Emperor’s Wrath.” Lord Scourge has dutifully served the Empire for over three hundred years, his life unnaturally prolonged by perverse technology and his master’s dark side powers. Centuries spent watching his fellow Sith Lords rise and fall has given Lord Scourge a unique perspective on people. He can analyze someone’s flaws after only brief observation, and freely shares his perceptions (whether they’re wanted or not).”
In circa 301 BTC (3954 BBY), he was brought to Dromund Kaas by Darth Nyriss, a senior member of the Dark Council, to investigate and put an end to assassination attempts against her.1
After ultimately learning that the assassination attempts against Darth Nyriss were orchestrated by her as part of an effort to discredit a rival on the Dark Council, Nyriss recruited Lord Scourge into a conspiracy to overthrow the Emperor. Nyriss and others on the Dark Council feared that the Emperor’s plans to invade the Galactic Republic would ultimately result in the destruction of both the Sith Empire and the Sith Order. Nyriss convinced Scourge to join the conspiracy by taking him to the planet Nathema, where the Emperor had once wiped out all life during a Dark Side ritual in the closing days of the Great Hyperspace War. While at Nathema, Nyriss and Scourge captured Revan (3954 BBY), who was traveling through the Unknown Regions on a quest to regain his lost memory and in search of what he believed was a grave threat to the Republic.1
A few years after Revan’s capture (3951 BBY), the Jedi Exile Meetra Surik traveled to Dromund Kaas in an effort to locate Revan. Surik and Scourge joined forces to rescue Revan and assassinate the Emperor because Scourge had grown disillusioned with the competency of the conspiratorial group to fulfill its mission. During the confrontation with the Emperor, however, Scourge received a Force vision of an unknown Jedi who would ultimately cause the downfall of the Emperor. Scourge betrayed the two Jedi, killing Surik and allowing the Emperor time to use Force lightning against Revan so as to cause him to lose consciousness. Scourge then swore his loyalty to the Emperor, believing that it would only be a matter of time before the Jedi from his vision emerged to kill the Emperor.
Scourge was then granted immortality through a Sith ritual performed by the Emperor, who declared him to be the “Emperor’s Wrath.”
The Sith Lord known as Scourge is one of a handful of beings in the galaxy who can remember a time before the rise of Darth Revan’s Sith Empire. His life being artificially prolonged by a combination of invasive and perverse technology and powerful dark side forces, Scourge has dutifully served the Empire for over three centuries. In his service, Scourge has struck down dozens of Jedi while climbing over the bodies of numerous Sith who dared to stand against him.
In his many decades as the Emperor’s personal executioner, Scourge has developed a unique view of people, and a fatalistic view of the galaxy at large. He possesses an uncanny ability to analyze those around him to discover their weaknesses, and use that knowledge to his advantage.
Using power against the weak, power, anger, revenge and spite
Greed, acts of mercy, Jedi and Republic authorities
“I still remember the feel of sunlight on my skin. The scent of favorite foods. The color of my first love’s eyes. To experience those simple pleasures again would be worth anything.”
“This is why Jedi don’t form attachments. Desire unbalances you.”
“You misunderstand everything. My equilibrium never deviates. I feel… nothing.”
―Scourge and the Hero of Tython[src]
Lord Scourge Valiant
A pureblood Sith with crimson skin and facial tendrils, Scourge had bright red eyes2 and a thick-chested torso. Scourge was ambitious and power-hungry in the years before he became immortal,1 and his arrogance and pride were among the few emotions9 that remained after the Emperor’s immortality ritual stripped him of his senses and humanity. The ritual warped Scourge’s ability to process his environment in the fashion that others did; he was physically incapable of feeling simple pleasures, such as the scent of his favorite foods or the warmth of sunlight, though not to the point that his physical abilities were compromised. As a result, he grew to treasure the memories of the things that he could no longer sense or feel.7 Scourge was sardonic and grimly fatalistic,9 and he developed a uniquely cynical viewpoint during his centuries of service, as he observed how his fellow Sith seemed unable to change their self-destructive ways.5
Unlike many of his fellow Sith, Scourge was willing to devote himself to a cause other than his own personal gain, though his Sith mentality made him more than willing to sacrifice his allies in order to advance his cause, as he did to Revan and Meetra Surik.22 Scourge was intelligent and cunning,9 and he enjoyed using power8 and also manipulating others to his own ends.9 He disliked greed and selfishness but was also disgusted by mercy and other Jedi sentiments that he viewed as weak.8 However, the Sith Lord acknowledged that the strengths of the Jedi were not necessarily lesser than those of the Sith.6 While Scourge respected strength and power, the Emperor’s desire to sacrifice all other life just to gain power horrified Scourge, and he devoted himself to stopping the Emperor through any means necessary.1 His duties as the Emperor’s Wrath prevented him from ever taking an apprentice, and because of the effects of the immortality ritual, the Sith was unable and unwilling to enter romantic relationships or begin a family.23