- Dromund Kaas – Dark Temple
- Sith Warrior Story
- Jedi Consular Class Story
- Jedi Knight Class Story
- Sith Inquisitor Story
- Voss’ Nightmare Lands
- The Rakata and Technological Possession
- Imperial Agent Mind Control
- Ziost: Possession Central, the Emperor Rises
- KotFE and KotET
- Onslaught: Possessed Folk in the Onderon Sith Crypt
- Onslaught: Darth Malgus
- Other Snippets of Mind Control and/or Sharing
Dromund Kaas – Dark Temple
No matter which Empire-side class story you pick up, you will reach the Dark Temple on Dromund Kaas. Long story short, some Sith “woke up” some of the spirits of long-dead Sith. The result of this was that most people who drew near to the Temple were possessed by at least one of those. It led some to believe they were Sith Lords and even granted limited use of some Force powers. Others simply became followers of these so-called Lords in their own little tribes within the Dark Temple.
A side-quest uses a “heavy metal torch” to attempt to seal some of the tombs back up again. Why they thought this would work against Spirit beings, goodness only knows!
Sith Warrior Story
The Ravager’s Mind Control
He sends the Sith Warrior deep into the Dark Temple to find an ancient Sith device called The Ravager. It doesn’t cause possession. In fact, it’s far more sinister. Once affixed to the SIS Agent’s head it forces him to reveal secrets to Baras. The thing is the Ravager effectively melts the brain, empties the mind – and kills the agent. Call it a “fatal truth serum”. Disturbing.
Jedi Consular Class Story
In one form or another, much of the Jedi Consular story in SWTOR is about possession and/or control.
Chapter 1: The Jedi Plague
Chapter 2: Children of the Emperor
On Coruscant, various Commanders have been placed in charge of “Guardian Holds”. These are stronghold fortresses designed to protect Coruscant and key facilities from invasion. However these Commanders are Children of the Emperor and are used to destroy the Republic from the inside out.
Chapter 3: Master Syo Bakarn
Although the Children of the Emperor are not examples of classic possession, it is a major form of control. This is shown most clearly however in Syo Bakarn.
Jedi Knight Class Story
Chapter 1: Kira Carsen Forced to Fight the Knight
It’s during your interaction with him that the Emperor takes control of Kira Carsen and forces the Knight to fight against her.
Chapter 2: The Knight is Mind Controlled
You are subjected to Sith techniques that turn you into a weapon to strike at the Republic. You are, effectively, a remote-controlled Sith. The Knights loses a lot of time from which they seem to remember little.
Sith Inquisitor Story
If you want a class story that is more-or-less completely about being possessed and trying to free yourself from that, it’s the Sith Inquisitor Class. It runs throughout the story. Though Chapter 3 is mostly about preparing to fight Darth Thanaton, in reality you’re still inhabited by the Sith Spirits you finally controlled in Chapter 2.
Darth Zash Possesses Khem Val
It’s only after you defeat Thanaton that you go to Taris in search of (yet another) artefact. It is there that you can decide whether to let Zash take Khem completely, or banish her.
Zash makes a brief appearance for the Sith Inquisitor during The Nathema Conspiracy, having managed somehow to find another ‘host’.
Chapter 2: Willingly Becoming Possessed
Unfortunately, you unwittingly take on way more than is considered safe (which turns out to be… one!), leaving the Spirits sort of free to do what they want. Though they don’t control you, there’s a line somewhere about them “not shutting up”.
Chapter 3: Controlling the Spirits
You can free them all, keep one (maybe two?) or them or keep them all as mental slaves to you. But you’re no longer controlled/influenced by them. As I mentioned earlier “willing possession”!
Voss’ Nightmare Lands
Voss is a strange and beautiful land. Home to Force-Sensitive Mystics both Empire and Republic want them as allies. Inquisitor story aside, not much here is about possession or spiritual control. Except Sel-Makor.
The Role of Sel Mekor
At one point in the Sith Warrior storyline, Sel-Makor possesses “The Voice”. This entity is only destroyed by the sacrifice of Tala-Reh during the Jedi Knight class story on Voss.
The Rakata and Technological Possession
We come now to a rather bizarre creation by SWTOR. I’m going to call it “Technological Possession”.
Tatooine & Czerka Corporation
Imperial Agent Mind Control
Anyone with your keyword would be able to enforce certain decisions the Agent took, or even fully manipulate everything they do. However Republic SIS get a hold of your keyword Onomatophobia, turning Cipher Nine into a Triple Agent in their fight against the Empire.
Watcher X in Your Mind
This gets creepier if you actually kill him because he later appears to you though being dead.
The upside to this is that Watcher X eventually helps the Agent to free themselves from the Imperial Brainwashing technology that was used by the Republic to control their actions.
Ziost: Possession Central, the Emperor Rises
Despite your character’s best efforts, more and more are taken over. This culminates with Vitiate wiping out all life on Ziost. But it appears the former Sith Emperor cannot control everyone on Ziost, including your character, Lana Beniko and Theron Shan.
Master Surro was aware of all the evil things she was doing, while being unable to prevent them, though she does free herself once before being re-possessed.
KotFE and KotET
From the start of Chapter two of Knights of the Fallen Empire, Valkorion appears in your mind. This isn’t resolved until the very end of Knights of the Eternal Throne.
Valkorion and the Outlander
While “residence” is not “full possession”, that was always Valkorion’s goal. It culminates in an immense mental battle in the mind of the Outlander (now known as Commander).
Vaylin: Mind Control / Conditioning
During the events of Knights of the Eternal Throne (at the end of The Dragon’s Maw), Vaylin travels to Nathema, the place that instilled her conditioning. There she successfully frees herself before unleashing her full rage on Odessen, the base of the Outlander’s Alliance.
Onslaught: Possessed Folk in the Onderon Sith Crypt
Apparently you can’t explore a crypt without going mad. People should do their homework before straying into where Sith are laid to rest.
Onslaught: Darth Malgus
After the Imperial-side Corellia Flashpoint at the end of Onslaught, Operation Meridian, the droid Malgus has stolen refers to “Loyalty Assurance Protocols”. But even after the mechanical components are removed it seems he still has “mental conditioning”. He thinks his freedom can be found on Dantooine. See my YouTube video for more on this.
Other Snippets of Mind Control and/or Sharing
Jedi Mind Tricks and the like have been part of Star Wars lore ever since the classic “these are not the droids you’re looking for” used by Obi-Wan (Ben) Kenobi. It is therefore no surprise that techniques like this appear in SWTOR. There are likely loads of examples, but here are a few I dug up. Some are not “possession or control” but strong mind linking.
- Sith Warrior – Tatooine: when hunting for Jaesa Wilsaam, her former tutor, Master Yonlach, disturbingly uses a mind-wiping ability on his own apprentice to stop him from telling the Warrior about her.
- Grossh (Hoth): The Jedi Knight story on Hoth brings you face-to-face with Grossh, a Kaleesh leader of the White Maw Pirates. In your conversation with him you can Force Persuade him to leave the base and his weapons behind.
- Tharan Cedrax: regardless of your logic or motivation, Tharan always disapproves if the Jedi Consular uses Jedi Mind Trick (called Force Persuade in SWTOR).
- Killik Hive Mind: while not a form of control, Killiks and Joiners can know and share each other’s thoughts. The aim is always to make sure each being acts in the defence of the Nest.
- GEMINI Droids: The Codex on GEMINI Hive Mind seems to show that the GEMINI Network is a mechanical form of the Killik Hive Mind.
- Revan: In Codex Entry “Galactic History 76“, it refers to the Jedi reprogramming Revan’s mind after the Republic captured him.
TL;DR Possession, Mind Control and Mental Conditioning is Everywhere in SWTOR!
From Dromund Kaas to Onslaught, the mind is a key battleground. Much like 1984’s “thought police” the mind is the last private territory available to a person. But, much like real life, outside forces, governments, employers, parents and goodness knows who else try to control and influence your SWTOR Character’s decisions. I am under no illusions that this is a complete list, but it’s been an interesting ride looking at possession and mind control in SWTOR! Hope you enjoyed it to.
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