Science Fiction

Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Third Lesson

Author: Paul S. Kemp

Originally Published In: Star Wars Insider Magazine

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Darth Malgus is one of the malevolent villains in the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic video game.  In Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Third Lesson, a short fiction exclusive to the Star Wars Insider Magazine, Paul S. Kemp seeks to shed some light on the characterís history.

            We meet Darth Malgus upon his defeat in his quest to destroy Alderaan.  Horribly wounded after a grenade has exploded in his face and a battle with a Jedi witch in which his lungs were damaged, Malgus is beside himself with anger.  While retreating from New Republic forces, Darth Malgus spots a light-side Force user.  Rage burns through him and, yearning for its release, he seeks out this Jedi upon which he can take his revenge.  While doing so, he thinks back to his childhood and the lessons his father imparted unto him just prior to his leaving to join the Empire.

            The father of Veradun, as Darth Malgus was once called, was a biologist in the Imperial Science Corps and as such, had become curator of his own personal zoo filled with exotic creatures.  It is here that he offers his son the final lessons he will teach him before leaving.  These lessons, as remembered one by one, aide Malgus in his fight against his adversary on Alderaan and offer us insight into his character.

            In just five pages, I now know just what type of man Darth Malgus has become and where he learned his philosophies.  Molded by his father and an empire bent on destruction, Darth Malgus is evil personified, an intelligent yet obsessed being who will stop at nothing to achieve victory.  Paul S. Kempís vision of Darth Malgus is chilling and I can only imagine what more he has in store for us in his novel, Star Wars: The Old Republic: Deceived, due out in March 22, 2011.  Thanks to this short story, I look forward to checking it out.


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