Bastila Shan

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Bastila Shan is a fictional Jedi and Sith from the planet Talravin initially developed by BioWare for the role-playing game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and then further developed by Obsidian Entertainment for its sequel Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. Bastila was a talented practitioner of battle mediation, which allowed her to boost the morale and combat proficiency of Republic and Sith forces.

Bastila was apart of a Jedi strike team that confronted Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Revan. During the confrontation, Revan's apprentice Darth Malak then used the opportunity to betray Darth Revan and usurp the mantle of Dark Lord of the Sith. Malak had his own starship fire upon Revan's flagship, resulting in Revan receiving grave injuries.

Bastila used the Force to heal Revan's body, resulting in a Force bond forming between them, through which memories and emotions traveled form one to the other. The Jedi sought to exploit this bond in order to use the location of the Star Forge and destroy it, so they reprogrammed Revan's still damaged mind and assigned Revan and Bastila to the Republic Navy starship the Endor Spire, where Revan become the player's character.

During their quest for the Star Forge, Malak told Revan of his true identity and captured Bastila. Malak tortured Bastila and forced her into giving into her emotions and falling to the dark side of the Force. She came to believe that the Jedi were unfairly controlling and exploiting her joined the Sith as Malak's new apprentice.

Bastila would later confront Revan on the Rakatan world of Lehan. After Revan defeats Bastila in combat, Bastila attempts to persuade the Revan into reclaiming the Sith throne from the usurp Malak with her help. The player, as Rion of evan, has the option of accepting or declining Basila's proposal. If the player accepts, then Bastila defects to the player's side and devises a a strategy to simultaneously ensnare the Republic Navy and detract Malak's loyalists.

If the player declines, then Bastila flees back to the Star Forge and Malak's side, where the player would have to confront her a second time. It is during this second confrontation that the player has the option of turning Bastila back to the dark light of the Force.

Quotes from a Sith Bastila

Bastila

You [Revan] deserve to be the true Master of the Sith, not Malak. I see this now. Together we can destroy your old apprentice. Join with me and reclaim your lost identity!

— Bastila Shan, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Bastila

Once long ago you [Revan] defied the Jedi Council, freeing yourself from their control. You claimed your rightful title of Dark Lord of the Sith. Together we can defeat Malak and take back what is yours!

— Bastila Shan, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Bastila

Eventually I will challenge my Master [Malak]. If I am worthy he will die by my hand and I will become the new Sith Master.

Eventually I will surpass my Master [Malak] and challenge him. If I am worthy he will die by my hand.

Then I will take on my own apprentice and the cycle will begin again. This is the way of the Sith, it is how we assure our leaders are always the strongest and most worthy!

— Bastila Shan, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Bastila

It is your power that will keep me as your loyal apprentice, Revan. I swore allegiance to Malak only because I thought your had lost the power you had once wielded.

But you have proven yourself in battle; I see you possess the strength to destroy Malak and reclaim the mantle of Dark Lord. Now I see you will make a worthy Sith Master.

— Bastila Shan, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Bastila

I need deny my passions no longer, Revan. I would stand by your side gladly, as your lover and apprentice!

I swore allegiance to Malak only because I thought you had lost the power you had once wielded. But this… would be much better.

I would be utterly yours, master! Together we would destroy Malak and you would reclaim the mantle of Dark Lord!

— Bastila Shan to a Revan she has romantic ties with, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Quotes from a Sith Bastila joined by a Sith Revan

Bastila

The Republic Fleet must have got the message Carth sent as we were crashing onto that planet. Maybe we can use their arrival to our advantage.

If Malal is distracted by the attack, we should be able to get in close enough to dock on the Star Forge and hunt the Dark Lord down!

— Bastila Shan, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Bastila

The Jedi strike team and the Republic forces will provide the perfect distraction as we hunt down your ex-apprentice. And once we have slain Malak, I can use my Battle Meditation and the power of the Star Forge to crush the Republic fleet.

All our enemies will be destroyed in a single glorious day!

— Bastila Shan, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Bastila

Malak is dead – all hail the return of Darth Revan, the true Dark Lord of the Sith!

The Sith bow before you, you have reclaimed your rightful throne! The Jedi Order is in tatters, it is only a matter of time until your Sith minions wipe them from the face of the galaxy.

The Republic fleet is decimated, the Core Worlds are defenseless against us!

— Bastila Shan, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Bastila

It was been months since Revan's full memories returned, and unrest grows amongst the Sith.

They're convinced Revan will not return, so they fight amongst themselves. The betrayals mount. And no matter who wins, the Sith lose.

There is no one left with the power to control the Forge, though many have tried.

I have watched them be devoured, their life drained from them as they attempt to tap into its power.

Knowing what we do of the Builders and their fate, I am convinced that Revan did not intend us to keep the Star Forge.

To use it would mean the end of the Sith… and the end of the Force.

I have done as Revan asked and remained here, but [he or she] has been gone got for too long. I will wait no longer.

Whoever survives this Sith Civil War shall not be one I wish to follow. There is only Revan. Only [he or she] can shape this galaxy as it is meant to be shaped.

[He or she] lives still, this I know. If [he or she] will not return, then I shall find [him or her] and discover why. I cannot remain here, not knowing.

I've become certain there is something [he or she] remembered in the Unknown Regions.

It is a technique [he or she] learned fighting the Mandalorians, that allowed [him or her] to convert the last of the Jedi who fought beside [him or her] – and murder those who would not.

And [he or she] fears that it is still out there… and silent for far too long.

— Bastila Shan, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

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