“I may have stolen a march from my peers on the Dark Council by choosing not to ensconce myself on Dromund Kaas like my predecessor, but instead use my ship as my office. I have no intention on making life easy on would-be assassins looking for my position-and I would be foolish to believe that none of the Council wishes me dead. In fact, I’d wager that each of them would love to arrange it, as long as their own hands don’t get dirty doing it.
As an additional benefit, this mobility-this freedom!-allows me to intervene personally when other members of the Council are stuck on the homeworld. Such was the case with the planet Ilum. The planet’s supply of Adegan crystals were apparently crucial to the construction of a stealth armada. To assist in this, Darth Malgus himself came to Ilum; that should have been my first indication that something was amiss. I’ve never met the man in person before-not even when I delivered the Foundry to him.
Of course, he betrayed us. I don’t know why I even assume faithfulness from a fellow Sith anymore.
He claimed the Emperor was dead; he commandeered a hidden space station, supplemented by technologies taken from the Foundry, and declared a new Empire. While I certainly had no issues with some of his directives-incorporating other species into the halls of power, I approve completely-I wasn’t about to have him wreck my own plans before they even got started. I had just ascended to the Dark Council-I wasn’t about to give up that power when I could finally start doing some good in the Empire.
So, Malgus is dead. But is the Emperor truly gone? He has been silent for all the time I’ve been Sith. If it is true, then the Dark Council, by default, rules the Sith Empire. And will another attempt the throne, if it is truly vacant? Or was this a lie from Malgus, an attempt to draw the Emperor out of hiding? Nobody on the Council will admit to anything.
So the path forward remains unclear. But at least, unchained to any world, I will be in the best position to take advantage of whatever may befall next.”
-from Sorshan’s Story
So, as mentioned previously, I’ve started running other planets before I start Shadow of Revan in Star Wars: The Old Republic, and the first of these is embodied by Ilum. Ilum was pretty much the last world in the original game, and its Flashpoints represented the end of the line for the original storyline. For a while, it was the best method of accumulating credits for me, by running its dailies regularly. Shows how far things have changed, thanks to the KotFE changes to Heroic missions. Of course, the devs have demonstrated that they really want to nerf those payouts, so perhaps the dailies one day will become the way to go again.
Nevertheless, Ilum’s a nice bit of story; not too long, not too difficult, and a nice breather before the next major planet on the list: Makeb, coming at us from the Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion. I’ve broken the 3 million credit mark on this character, which I promptly shot below it by buying some character perks-specifically, the field repair droid so I can do instant-vendoring regularly. I keep telling myself to purchase the account-wide Rocket Boots unlock, but I still can’t bring myself to do it. (At least I haven’t broken down and purchased the Treek mercenary contract yet; I just can’t bring myself to hire an Ewok.)
Makeb will hold some significant developments for the Imperials; how Sorshan, the Light-Sided Inquisitor, deals with them should be interesting to watch.