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- «¡Golpeaste en la fortaleza equivocada, Ludo Kressh! Esto es solo un señuelo—todas mis defensas han estado siempre en el lado oscuro de la luna. Tus espías te han fallado. Todo te ha fallado, Ludo. Nunca deberías haber imaginado que tu pequeño esquema podría superar a mis grandes sueños… como puedes ver…»
- ―Naga Sadow
La Batalla of Khar Delba tuvo lugar en el año 5.000 ABY, y sirvió para consolidar el poder del Señor Oscuro de los Sith Naga Sadow antes de que llevara al Imperio Sith hacia la Gran Guerra Hiperespacial contra la República Galáctica. Tras la muerte del Señor Oscuro Marka Ragnos, el control del Imperio Sith estaba en contienda entre los prominentes Lores Sith Naga Sadow y Ludo Kressh. El arribo al Espacio Sith de dos exploradores de la República, Gav y Jori Daragon, causó una gran alarma en las dos facciones, llevando a un conflicto inevitable entre Kressh y Sadow. Kressh, que creía que el arribo de los Daragon significaba una invasión inminente de las fuerzas de la República, aconsejo actuar con precaución, mientras que Sadow vio una oportunidad para expandir los límites del Imperio Sith más allá del espacio controlado por la especie sith.
Sadow consiguió jugar con la paranoia de los otros Lores Sith, y por eso fue nombrado como el nuevo Señor Oscuro de los Sith para tratar con lo que era percibido como una amenaza. Aunque muchos en el Consejo Sith apoyaban a Sadow, Kressh y sus seguidores, Horak-mul y Dor Gal-ram, rechazaron aceptar la legitimidad de Sadow. Cuando la flota de Kressh atacó la ciudadela de Sadow en Khar Delba, el nuevo Señor Oscuro estaba preparado, habiendo reunido una flota secreta que ocultaba en sus verdaderos cuarteles en la luna de Khar Delba, Khar Shian. La flota opositora fue tomada por sorpresa y derrotada, y Sadow le permitió a Jori Daragon escapar de vuelta a la República—cargando un receptor que le permitiría a Sadow dirigir una invasión Sith hacia allá en lo que se convertiría en la Gran Guerra Hiperespacial.
- «Gather your forces! With your military might, your fleets of ships, we can make a surprise attack. We can stop this insanity that will bring about the downfall of our entire empire! We must stop Naga Sadow before it is too late!»
- ―Ludo Kressh
Precluding immediate further conflict between the two Sith was the arrival of a strange starship on Korriban—the Starbreaker 12, flown by down-on-their-luck explorers Gav and Jori Daragon. The Daragons, native to the planet Koros Major in the Galactic Republic, had entered random coordinates into their ship's navicomputer as a last-ditch effort to make enough money to earn their keep. This first contact between Humans from the Republic and the Sith was met with suspicion by the Sith leaders. After ordering their guards to take the two youths prisoner, Sadow and Kressh disagreed over how to interpret their arrival. Kressh feared an impending alien invasion, while Sadow wanted to learn more of where the explorers had come from, in the hopes that the Sith Empire could expand outside of the space they had previously explored. Sadow and Kressh, along with the rest of the Sith and their new prisoners, returned to the Sith throneworld of Ziost.
This disagreement was the root of a major rift between Sadow and Kressh, who continued to make bids for supreme control of the Sith Empire. Sadow was not beyond political manipulation to achieve his means, however, and managed through staging a false escape by Jori Daragon to convince Kressh and the Sith Council that the Republic had attacked, warranting a retaliatory invasion of the Republic. Gathering support of most of the Council, Sadow was elected to take up the mantle of Dark Lord of the Sith in order to meet this new "threat." Kressh, however, refused to acknowledge Sadow's legitimacy, and left with two of his supporters, Horak-mul y Dor Gal-ram. Regardless of Kressh's challenge, the majority of the Sith accepto a Sadow as their new master and allowed him to undertake the marking ritual, branding his forehead with the mark of the Dark Lord.
Sadow continued to plot against Kressh, keeping his own goals foremost in his mind. After the staged attack and "escape," the new Dark Lord moved Jori to his citadel on Khar Delba. Gav, whom Sadow had taken under his wing and begun to train in the use of the dark side of the Force, was in an identical stronghold on Khar Delba's moon of Khar Shian, where Sadow also had clandestinely amassed a fleet of warships under his direct command. Realizing that he would need Jori Daragon at least to lead him to the Republic, Sadow sent warriors of the Massassi caste to steal the Starbreaker 12 from Ziost, instructing the warriors to leave behind evidence with his personal symbol on it—proof that Sadow was behind the attacks. Kressh took the bait, and gathered his followers for an assault on Khar Delba.
Kressh's forces attack
- «Quick! Destroy Naga Sadow! The stain of his treachery must be obliterated from the Sith Empire!"
"His defenses can't withstand our attack. We've caught him off guard!"
"We're with you, Ludo Kressh.»
- ―Ludo Kressh, Horak-mul, and Dor Gal-ram
Kressh brought a fleet of Derriphan-class battleships to Khar Delba, supported by Horak-mul and Dor Gal-ram, and immediately commenced an attack upon Sadow's fortress. Orders were issued that no transmissions would be sent to the surface, and that surrender was not an option available to Sadow. The Dark Lord of the Sith, however, was pleased with this outcome, as he had anticipated it and made appropriate plans.
As his rivals' ships bombarded the fortress, Sadow deceived Jori Daragon, instructing his warriors to man the turrets and put up a defense. Kressh and his allies bought into this, as well, fully believing that the fortress's defenses were all Sadow had in store for them. Sadow, knowing that he had found his opportunity, urged Jori to take the Starbreaker 12 and escape back to the Republic. Although she expressed dismay over leaving her brother behind in the Sith Empire, Jori allowed herself to be convinced when Sadow lied that Kressh had come to interrogate her in order to gather information about the Republic. The Starbreaker 12 blasted out of the Khar Delba fortress amid a hail of cannon fire between the turrets and Kressh's attacking battleships. Kressh, recognizing the vessel, instructed his forces to shoot it down. Although Horak-mul managed to bring the Starbreaker 12 into his sights, Jori managed to maneuver away, jumping a la seguridad del hiperespacio.
"But you are my crew! My slaves!»
- ―Horak-mul and Dor Gal-ram, betrayed by their crewmen
As soon as Jori Daragon was safely away, Sadow summoned his massive fleet from the shadow of Khar Shian, ordering them to begin their attack. Caught completely off-guard, Kressh was livid. Sadow transmitted to his rival's ship, taunting him for his gullibility as he reached to send yet another transmission, this time to the ships of Horak-mul and Dor Gal-ram. The Massassi warriors on both vessels, having been under Sadow's control from the very start, turned on and murdered their masters, taking control of Horak-mul's and Dor Gal-ram's battleships and in turn firing upon Kressh's remaining fleet. All the while, Sadow's fighters and battleships of his secret fleet hammered away at those of his rival. Kressh saw no chance for victory, y ordeno the remnants of his forces to retreat.
- «Yes, fly to your unsuspecting Republic… You were meant to escape alone, Jori Daragon. Now I can set the rest of my plan in motion!»
- ―Naga Sadow
With the defeat of Ludo Kressh, nothing stood in the way of Naga Sadow's complete control of the Sith Empire. Returning to his real fortress on Khar Shian, Sadow was greeting by throngs of his loyal servants and warriors, reveling in his victory through guile. Gav learned of his sister's escape, but did not know that Sadow had orchestrated it all for his own benefit—the Starbreaker 12 had been fitted with a tracking device, giving the Sith a route into Republic space for Sadow's planned invasion.
Although defeated, Kressh continued to resist Sadow, but his efforts were in vain—when Kressh's flagship arrived above Khar Delba once more, Sadow managed to trick Gav Daragon into destroying the vessel. Although this proved to be deception on Kressh's part—the craft had actually been a decoy, much as Sadow had previously tricked Kressh into attacking a decoy fortress—Kressh would never again gain the upper hand against Sadow, and was eventually killed by Sadow's forces in space combat. After gathering his forces, Sadow was able to follow Jori Daragon back to the Republic, launching an invasion that would become known as the Great Hyperspace War.
Behind the scenes
The Battle of Khar Delba, a conflict in which Naga Sadow manages to secure control of the Sith Empire, appeared in the fourth and fifth issues of Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith, a comic book story arc written by Star Wars author Kevin J. Anderson in 1997 as part of the larger Tales of the Jedi comic series. Both issues were drawn by artist Dario Carrasco, Jr.. Anderson had wanted to write a history of the Sith, and was able to obtain some information from George Lucas to create a base for his work. The events of the Great Hyperspace War were laid out in the next story arc of the series, Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire, also written by Anderson.
- Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith 4: Pawns of a Sith Lord (Primera aparición)
- Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith 5: The Flight of Starbreaker 12
- Timeline 12: The Great Hyperspace War (Sólo mencionado (a))
- The Essential Chronology
- The Dark Side Sourcebook
- The New Essential Guide to Characters
- The New Essential Chronology
- "Heritage of the Sith" - Star Wars Insider 88
- Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force
Notas y referencias
- ↑ 1,0 1,1 1,2 1,3 1,4 The New Essential Chronology
- ↑ Crosscurrent
- ↑ 3,00 3,01 3,02 3,03 3,04 3,05 3,06 3,07 3,08 3,09 3,10 3,11 3,12 3,13 3,14 Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith 4: Pawns of a Sith Lord
- ↑ 4,0 4,1 4,2 4,3 4,4 4,5 4,6 4,7 4,8 Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith 5: The Flight of Starbreaker 12
- ↑ 5,0 5,1 Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith 2: Funeral for a Dark Lord
- ↑ 6,0 6,1 Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith 3: The Fabric of an Empire
- ↑ Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire 1: Desperate Measures
- ↑ Tales of the Jedi: The Fall of the Sith Empire 5: End of an Empire
- ↑ Interview with Kevin J. Anderson, conducted by Greyman