|Year Founded:||10 ATC|
|Motto:||The Empire is politics. The Force is power.|
|Leaders:||Lord Sidonius, Lord Malleus, Lord Rahvin, Lord Kyrenic, Lady Naryss|
Base(s) of Operation:
|The Voidhammer (Starship)|
|Affiliation:||The Dark Side, Sith Empire|
|Allies:||The Mecrosa Order|
The faction known as the Shadow Court is hard to really pin down. In many ways it's members are not true Sith, but at the same time they are definitely not Jedi. Perhaps it is enough to conclude that they fight on the side of the Empire, even though their true ambitions may lie somewhere on a parallel path.
The group was formed around the year 10 ATC, largely comprised of Fallen Jedi and powerful Sith Masters, but also a few lesser Siths-in-training, and even some non-Force Sensitives.
The Shadow Court has no one true leader, for this would lead to far too grim internal conflicts as is the nature of Sith and their Power Struggles. Instead, all members of the Court accept the Dark Side itself as the guiding force of the Court, and all individual power and influence aside from that is granted depending on each and every member's worth and prowess.
The High LordsEdit
By right of power, a chosen elite of the Court together interprets the will of the Dark Side. They are the High Lords; and when the Dark Side is unwilling to guide or direct they settle more trivial and worldly matters of the Court together as a council. There are currently a total of five High Lords.
The Disciples of the VoidEdit
The Disciples are force-wielding men and women of the Court. They all aspire to one day reach true greatness in their own right, but for now most of them are still studying as apprentices under one of their superiors. The hierarchial structure of the Disciples is, from top to bottom:
Shadowguard - An elite warrior with a good grasp of the Force. The Shadowguard is, aside from the High Lords themselves, the only person with the right to take on apprentices.
Adept - The adept is someone who has come relatively far in their training and proved their value. In terms of power, they would be the equivalent of a Jedi Knight.
Acolyte - Unlike the Tyro, this Disciple has been assigned a Master and begun to undertake their dark studies.
Tyro - Freshly recruited, the Tyro has not yet earned the honor of studying under a Master. They are looked down upon by the other disciples, and not yet considered worthy of true respect.
The Knights of the VoidEdit
The bounty hunters and imperial agents who have sworn their loyalty to the Court are known as "Knights". Perhaps there is some irony behind the name, as a way to suggest that the title that the Jedi bestow upon their own is only used by the Court to address those without any actual understanding of the Force. The chain-of-command within the order is, from top to bottom:
Commander - The Commander is a senior officer of the Knights. As the Captains command their own group of soldiers, the Commander is responsible for his own group of Captains.
Captain - This is the first rank where Knights will receive officer duties. Captains normally command a personal squad of up to four men in total.
Soldier - The Soldier is someone who has been truly accepted into knighthood. He/She is finally considered a worthy warrior and representative of the Shadow Court.
Recruit - The lowest rank of the Knights. Considered little more than cannon fodder. For as the Imperial saying goes: "Troops are expendable."
The Imperial DirectiveEdit
The Shadow Court has it's own set of laws and philosophical doctrines. Together, they are known as the "Directive", a way for the faction's members to live and act. The Imperial Directive is quoted in it's entirety below:
|The empire is politics, the Force is power.
We are Sith.
We seek the power that only one within the dark side may achieve. We play the games of politics and deceit while we dance within the shadows of the Empire. We hunt Jedi, and we lay waste to the Republic because they have choosen to be our enemy, and we will gladly be theirs in return. We are a court of shadows behind an Empire of darkness. We are a court of dark lords and ladys. And it is a court because we are joined in a noble cause, not just a political one. We are employers of mercenaries, bounty hunters, spies and operatives, and we raise them to nobility of knighthood within the dark trough their service to us. We seek the truth of the Force and the dark side, without constraints from either the Jedi or the zealots of the Empire.
We are the Shadow Court.
We are surrounded by those who would destroy us and rob us of our true place in the galaxy, so they must not know that we are here. Distract, deceive, corrupt, blackmail, recruit, seduce and kill as you please, but NEVER reveal. Our goals are our own, in this we are united, in this we are allies.