Darth Traya

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Darth Traya was one of the most powerful Sith Lords of her time, and played a crucial role in the game "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II". Although she is devious and manipulative, her philosophy does not adhere to that of the Jedi or the Sith. The wisdom she imparted was therefore very unique and does not solely have to stay within the game.

Quotes

  • "Find what you were looking for amongst the dead?"
  • "What do you wish to hear? That I once believed in the code of the Jedi? That I felt the call of the Sith, that perhaps, once, I held the galaxy by its throat? That for every good work that I did, I brought equal harm upon the galaxy? That perhaps the greatest of the Sith Lords knew of evil, they learned from me?"
  • "To have fallen so far and learned nothing—that is your failing."
  • "He cannot kill what he cannot see, and power has blinded him long ago."
  • "It is such a quiet thing, to fall. But far more terrible is to admit it."
  • "If you are to truly understand, then you will need the contrast, not adherence to a single idea."
  • "A culture's teachings, and most importantly, the nature of its people, achieve definition in conflict. They find themselves... or find themselves lacking."
  • "Know that there was once a Darth Traya. And that she cast aside that role, was exiled, and found a new purpose. But there must always be a Darth Traya, one that holds the knowledge of betrayal. Who has been betrayed in their heart, and will betray in turn."
  • I have found that answers come in their own time, not ours.
  • "There are dark places in the galaxy where few tread. Ancient centers of learning, of knowledge... But I did not walk alone. To be united by hatred is a fragile alliance at best. But my will was not law. There were disagreements, ambition, and hunger for power. There are techniques within the Force against which there is no defense. I was cast down, stripped of my power, exiled. I suffered indignities, and fell into darkness."
  • "Learn from me, my mistakes, and use that knowledge to become greater than I. That is all I desire. In you all my hopes rest, for the future, for the Force."
  • “[...] the war, the true war, has never been one waged by droids, or warships, or soldiers. They are but crude matter, obstacles against which we test ourselves. The true war is waged in the hearts of all living things, against our own natures, light or dark. That is what shapes and binds this galaxy, not these creations of man. You are the battleground. And if you fall, the death of the Republic will be such a quiet thing, a whisper, that shall herald the darkness to come."
  • "If you were to face an ancient Sith Lord in combat, you would learn that we are as children playing with toys compared to the prowess of the old Masters."
  • "Revan was power. It was like staring into the heart of the Force. Even then, you could see the Jedi he would slay etched on his soul."
  • [of the Mandalorians]"They will die a death that will last millennia, until all that remains is their code, their history, and in the end, the shell of their armor upon the shell of a man, too easily slain by Jedi."
  • [of Bastilla Shan]"It would have helped had he made her understand. But she was always strong-willed, that one, and did not understand war as Revan did."
  • "Know that much may happen here, but above all, do not forget this—you may trust in me. We cradle each other's lives, and what threatens one of us, threatens us both. And if you find you cannot trust me, trust in your training. Trust in yourself. Never doubt what you have done. All your decisions have brought you to this point. And now, perhaps, they shall see what you have become."
  • "You have failed me. Completely and utterly."
  • "He has brought truth, and you condemn it? The arrogance! You will not harm him. You will not harm him ever again. As you would pass judgment on him, I have come to pass judgment on you all."
  • "Do you wish to feel the teachings born of the Mandalorian Wars? Of all wars, of all tragedies that scream across the galaxy? You who have forever seen the galaxy through the Force, see it through the eyes of the exile."
  • "How could you ever hope to know the threat you face, when you have never walked in the dark places of the galaxy—faced war and death on such a scale. If you had traveled far enough, rather than waiting for the echo to reach you, perhaps you would have seen it for what it was. There is a place in the galaxy where the dark side of the Force runs strong. It is something of the Sith, but it was fueled by war. It corrupts all that walks on its surface, drowns them in the power of the dark side—it corrupts all life. And it feeds on death. Revan knew the power of such places... and the power in making them. They can be used to break the will of others... of Jedi, promising them power, and turning them to the dark side. The Mandalorian Wars were a series of massacres that masked another war, a war of conversion... culminating in a final atrocity that no Jedi could walk away from—save one. And that is what I sought to understand. How one could turn away from such power, give up the Force... and still live. But I see what happened now. It is because you were afraid."
  • "Who I am is not the question. Those are titles, words you cling to as the darkness falls around you. 'Sith' is a title, yes, but like you, the title is not who I am. It is not what I believe. For you... it is different."
  • "It is only through interaction, through decision and choice, through confrontation, physical or mental, that the Force can grow within you."
  • "And what is it you think you have accomplished? If you seek to aid everyone that suffers in the galaxy, you will only weaken yourself... and weaken them. It is the internal struggles, when fought and won on their own, that yield the strongest rewards. You stole that struggle from them, cheapened it. If you care for others, then dispense with pity and sacrifice and recognize the value in letting them fight their own battles. And when they triumph, they will be even stronger for the victory."
  • "My warning to you is this—do not rely on your companions to compensate for your weaknesses in skill. There will be times they will not be there to help you when needed. [...] my task before you is this—take your greatest weakness, devote effort to it, strengthen it, and I will show you how it shall strengthen your power in the Force."
  • "Do not see every enemy as an enemy—see them instead as an ally, whether they know it or not."
  • "You no doubt have many questions. I would be a poor teacher if I did not give you the answers you seek here, now. I never destroyed Atris—she had destroyed herself. I merely stripped away the illusion, and brought her truth. Her teachings could not be allowed to continue. And like Malachor, she was part of your past, unresolved. She needed to be something you could confront—and defeat, one last time. It was part of your training. Part of what was needed to make you complete. She loved you, you know, as one loves a champion. You were all that she could not be."
  • "Perhaps you were expecting some surprise, for me to reveal a secret that had eluded you, something that would change your perspective of events, shatter you to your core. There is no great revelation, no great secret. There is only you."
  • "You are greater than any I have ever trained. By killing me here—you have rewarded me more than you can possibly know."
  • "And Revan knew that the true war is not against the Republic. It waits for us beyond the Outer Rim. And he has gone to fight it, in his own way. He left the Ebon Hawk and its machines behind, for he knew he would not need them. And, like you, he knew he must leave all loves behind as well, no matter how deeply one cares for them. Because such attachments are not the way of the Jedi, and they would only bring doom to them both in the dark places where he now walks. Perhaps you shall go there with him, and do battle at the end of all things. Instead, I remained here... and now show others the way."
  • "The Republic will fall, as it always has, a fall that will take millennia."
  • "I? I am but a mirror, whose only purpose is to show you what your eyes cannot yet see."
  • "Our path brought us here for a reason... and now I know why. The past is here, and it must be met before the future can be set in motion."
  • "But you will forget this. Your mind is worse than the others, so open, so trusting. Your feelings for her are your weakness."
  • "Do not honor me, fallen Jedi—honor it by listening and learning. Do that, and perhaps we shall survive this thing, you and I."
  • "Yes, always. From the moment you awoke, I have used you. I have used you so that you might become strong, stronger than I. I used you to keep the Lords of the Sith from condemning the galaxy to death with their power unchecked. I used you to lure them to Telos, where they could be, at last, fought and killed. I used you to reveal Atris' corruption, so that her teachings could be ended before they began. I used you to gather the Jedi so they could be destroyed. And I used you to make those who wounded me reveal themselves, so they could be killed by the Republic."
  • "When I spoke of sight before, there is a similar handicap that tends to occur among those strong in the Force. They neglect their skills. Some believe they no longer need them."
  • "Skill does not always draw from the Force, but it is a measure of power nonetheless. It can grant knowledge, help steady oneself when one's thoughts are in chaos, or grant enlightenment."
  • "Perhaps there will be no new age, Mandalore, no great Mandalorian crusade. Perhaps your people fought their last battle at Malachor V, and you have been dying ever since, a quiet death that will last centuries. And perhaps all that remains will be what I see before me: a man, wounded by a Jedi, encased in a Mandalorian shell, haunted by the thought of being the last of the Mandalorians."
  • "He cannot help but love you, in his way. It is a pure, ideal love he holds, strengthened by your presence and your actions."
  • "[...] Atris' path is one I walked long ago, and it is a chapter of my life that has been read and closed."
  • "When one relies on sight to perceive the world, it is like trying to stare at the galaxy through a crack in the door."
  • "Your spirit, as diseased as it is, refuses to allow you to give up, no matter what threats you face... and whatever wreckage you leave behind you."
  • "It is good that you have never wondered what lay beneath her robes, if her alabaster skin was as white and unblemished as her face. Or if perhaps she bore the scars of slavery... and if that would stir you more. Perhaps her deferent tone would change once you held her by the throat, and showed her how far a Jedi can fall."
  • "This wound... it is a physical thing, and will fade with time. It was necessary... some things may only be learned from sacrifice."
  • "Also, in private, we will be mercifully free from the opinions of imbeciles and fools."
  • "[...] it is all that is left unsaid upon which tragedies are built. More echoes, traveling through the Force."
  • "The Jedi Academy on Dantooine is nothing more than a crater that echoes with the ghosts of the dead Jedi. And the Jedi Temple on Coruscant lies empty. The waters in the Room of a Thousand Fountains have fallen still, in reverence to the fallen Jedi and those now lost."
  • "Manipulation is done through propelling events... or selected ones into motion. It is done through teaching, through example, and through conviction. And the greatest of victories are not manipulations at all but simply awakening others... to the truth of what you believe. Of hearing it echoed around you, in life."
  • "Direct action is not always the best way. It is a far greater victory to make another see through your eyes than to close theirs forever."
  • "So you will do nothing? Apathy is death, worse than death because at least a rotting corpse feeds the beasts and insects."

The following exchange takes place during the final meeting between the Exile and the Jedi Masters upon Dantooine.

  • Master Vrook: "You were deafened."
  • Kreia: "At last, you could hear."
  • Master Kavar: "You were broken."
  • Kreia: "You were whole."
  • Master Zez-Kai Ell: "You were blinded."
  • Kreia: "And at last, you saw..."

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