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Darth Revan is a fictional Dark Lord of the Sith 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.

Jedi historian Kreia initially trained Revan in the ways of the Force, and Revan learned from other Jedi afterwards. In his eagerness to learn more about the Force, Revan sought Sith knowledge. At some point prior to activating the Rakatan Star Map on Dantooine, Revan found and donned dark side-channeling robes produced by the Star Forge. Revan and his friend and fellow Jedi Alek, who would later adopt the name Malak, discovered what Jedi Councilor Vrook Lamar called a sinister cave (presumably the Rakatan ruins) on Dantooine. Years later, Vrook would suspect Revan's and Malak's discovery of the cave to be what corrupted them towards the dark side or a sign that they were already corrupt, and Kreia would later postulate that Revan was always true to himself and perhaps never fell or changed; the common thread of both Vrook's and Kreia's postulations being that perhaps Raven's personality and character were essentially set long before the Mandalorian Wars.

When the Mandalorians invaded the Outer Rim, and the Jedi Council opted not to intervene, Revan and his apprentice Alek gathered Jedi who opposed the Council's inaction and joined the war against the Mandalorians. Some believe that Revan was born in the Outer Regions and thus initially driven by, as Kreia phrased it, the call of home. They defeated the Mandalorians, and Revan slew Mandalore the Ultimate in battle.

Revan and Malak eventually learned of surviving True Sith. Revan then resolves to locate and utilize the Star Forge, an ancient Ratakan factory capable of using the Force in order to produce an unlimited number of warships and droids, in order to create a strong Empire to replace the decaying Republic. During the Battle of Malachor V, Revan sought to break Jedi into being loyal to him and to weed out the Jedi who wouldn't be loyal to him from his army. Revan also permitted Meetra Surik (later known as the Jedi Exile) to confront the Jedi Council in order to further demoralize them.

Revan and Malak discovered the Star Forge, produced an armada, and led their forces – now calling themselves the Sith – in an invasion of the Republic. Planning ahead for the war with the True Sith, Revan strategically attacked the Republic in a manner that left vital infrastructure instead, so that the Sith may use it later.

The Jedi eventually sent a strike team to confront 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.

A member of the strike team, Bastila Shan, 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.

Between the events of the two Knights of the Old Republic games, Revan began to remember the threat that the True Sith posed to the galaxy and planned to defeat them. Revan helped Canderous Ordo recover the mask of the deceased Mandalore, and in accordance with Revan's grand strategy, Canderous became the new Mandalore and began reorganizing and reuniting the Mandalorian clans on Onderon's moon Dxun. Revan apparently intended to utilize Canderous and his army against the True Sith at same point in the future. In the meantime, however, Revan left his former companions and set out to find and undermine the True Sith on their own.

Commentaries about Revan

Commentary from Vrook Lamar

Vrook

Revan was once a promising Padawan. But ever eager to learn more about the Force, Revan sought knowledge of ancient Sith magics, foolishly ignoring the dangerous lure of the dark side.

— Vrook Lamar, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Vrook

I do not believe Revan and Malak were corrupted on the Outer Rim. They had begun their journey down the dark path long before the Mandalorian threat appeared.

Here on Dantooine they discovered a sinister cave, a place where the strength of the dark side overwhelms the light.

Perhaps this discovery was what first corrupted them… or perhaps they sought the cave out because they were already corrupted.

Whatever the explanation, the Order was unable to turn them back to the light. Had the Council taken more decisive action in this matter, perhaps Revan and Malak could have been stopped. But in this we failed.

— Vrook Lamar, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Vrook

When the Mandalorian invasion came, Revan seized the opportunity it presented. Many Jedi flocked to the Outer Rim to follow the charismatic young Knight… and many fell under the sway of the dark side.

— Vrook Lamar, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Commentary from Kreia

Kreia

Some said that Revan was born in the Outer Regions, beyond the Rim, and that's what called to [him or her] during the Mandalorian Wars… and after.

It was the call of home.

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

Two Jedi Knights, Revan and Malak, defied the Jedi Council. They challenged the Mandalorian fierceness and brutality on the battlefield with a viciousness of their own. Revan's entrance into the conflict marked the true beginning… and end… of the war. It was Revan who drove the Mandalorians back into the Unknown Regions.

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

Many believed the Mandalorians defeated at Malachor V. But the Mandalorians taught the Jedi much through battle.

And so it was that Malak, Revan, and the Jedi that followed them discovered their true natures in the Mandalorian crusade.

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

As Revan and Malak fought the Mandalorians in battle after battle, they grew to despise weakness, just as the Mandalorians did.

In the end, the Mandalorians had taught them through conflict. Shaped the Jedi. And turned them into a weapon – against the Republic.

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

Such an act [earmarking Telos as a Jedi redoubt] marked Telos for destruction. It is why the Sith came here, though the fleet commanders [Saul Karath et al.] did not know why.

It is why Revan ordered its destruction to mark the beginning of the Jedi Civil War. It was a message that there would be no place for the Jedi to retreat, to hide.

I would not be surprised if Revan left other gifts beneath the surface of the planet – much can be buried beneath graveyards that will never be found.

— Kreia, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (cut content)
Kreia

Is that [a Sith] what [he or she] [Revan] was? Or was [he or she] always true to [him- or herself], no matter what personality [he or she] wore?

And there is something that the Council may never understand. That perhaps Revan never fell.

The difference between a fall and a sacrifice is sometimes difficult, but I feel that Revan understood that difference, more than anyone knew.

The galaxy would have fallen if Revan had not gone to war. Perhaps [he or she] became the Dark Lord out of necessity, to prevent a greater evil.

I do not believe the Jedi Council changed Revan, as they claimed. They merely stripped away the surface, and allowed the true self to emerge again – someone who was willing to wage war to save others.

But that is my belief, since I knew Revan from long ago… as a master knows their apprentice.

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

Revan's choices were always [his or her] own. It was not teaching, or circumstance, or example. It was [him or her].

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

Many battles does that one [Canderous Ordo] have left in him… as Revan intended. A general needs an army, as he needs those he trusts.

And Canderous is a loyal beast, no matter how much he is broken upon Revan's will.

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

Commentary from Canderous Ordo

Canderous

We fought against the Republic forces for some time, over the course of many battles.

At the start, they were not much of a threat to speak of, but once the Jedi Revan had taken charge, things began to turn against us.

The Republic fleets began to use more than just basic tactics. Feints, counterattacks, mass deceptions. Revan was a genius on the field.

Revan abandoned worlds of their defenders so that others would be too fortified to strike, and was willing to make sacrifices in order to advance goals.

And in the end, Revan proved too much for us.

— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Canderous

Yeah, we lost. But there is no shame in it. We lost to the greatest single warrior the Republic has ever known.

It was not your ships or your men or your vaunted fight for freedom that won this, the final battle of the war.

It was by the actions of one person, the Jedi Revan, that you prevailed.

Revan's strategies and tactics defeated the best of us. Even Mandalore himself was taken aback by the ferocity, the tenacity and the subtlety of Revan's plans.

Revan fought us to a standstill and then began pushing back. We didn't really have a chance.

— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Canderous

There weren't many of us left after that last battle. Mandalore himself was killed at the hands of the Jedi Revan. The best of us could not defeat [him or her]!

After that last battle, those of us that survived were stripped of our weapons, our armor, and our Basilisks.

Revan's forces destroyed them while we were forced to watch. Those who hadn't fled earlier were left with nothing to call their own: no weapons, no armor… only the honor of having fought in the battle we just lost.

For many this was not enough. While the rest of us were sent into exile on the Outer Rim, they tried to relive the old days – raiding worlds. They're nothing more than bandits now.

— Canderous Ordo, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Commentary from HK-47

HK-47

Observation: Revan was a human capable of subtle, intelligent cruelties. [He or she] had a strategic mind, and [he or she] accepted losses and sacrifices.

— HK-47, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
HK-47

Observation: I believe that Revan determined that mass slaughter on such a scale may no longer be needed to achieve his aims. So perhaps you [the Jedi Exile] are responsible for my creation.

— HK-47, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
HK-47

Clarification: I meant that I was built as a result of the need for a selective killing machine rather than a crude mass-slaughter war droid.

— HK-47, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
HK-47

During the Jedi Civil War, I was responsible for certain strategic targets. For some reason, Revan did not feel that the Republic presented much of a military threat.

— HK-47, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
HK-47

Answer: Revan felt the true war was against the Jedi.

Observation: It was not something discussed with much of the others, but I think Revan recognized that a single Jedi, both in the past and in the present, could turn the tide of a conflict.

So my targets were frequently Jedi, or someone close to a Jedi that could result in their corruption or collapse. Revan often assigned me to kill leaders or supporters of certain Jedi so as to erode their will.

— HK-47, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
HK-47

Answer: Revan saw the pressures of war on Dxun, and knew that even in the heat of conflict, Jedi could be broken, not physically, but psychologically.

— HK-47, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
HK-47

Observation: Master, that was the lesson of Malachor. Any Jedi involved in the systematic slaughter on such a scale cannot help but doubt and question themselves.

— HK-47, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
HK-47

Answer: Revan claimed that psychological warfare against Jedi was important because much of their power comes from their state of mind, their connection to this religion called the "Force."

Revan said that many Jedi have the capability to form connections to life around them, although few of them realized the extent to which this is possible.

Recollection: I believe my Master speculated that many Jedi did not fully form such connections because of their discipline, because they never opened their lives to the passions around them.

I believe Revan termed it that one would need to be a human being to develop such connections. It is something that the Jedi code could not teach. One simply knew it instinctively, or not.

— HK-47, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
HK-47

Clarification: Whatever it is called, master, it seems to be quite a vulnerability. Revan even admitted as such.

When a Jedi, or any soldier, suffers doubt, it weakens them. With the Jedi, however, it is more pronounced, since they are extreme examples.

That is why Revan felt that Malachor V was so important. It was intended to be a conversion tool.

— HK-47, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
HK-47

Observation: Master, I do not believe that the Mandalorians were the true target at Malachor – I believe that the intention was to destroy the Jedi, break their will, and make them loyal to Revan.

I do not know if you examined the records of the deaths on Malachor, but you cannot escape that many of the Jedi and Republic soldiers who died were not Revan's strongest supporters.

Observation: I believe that Revan was "cleaning house" at Malachor V. What ones did not die became Revan's allies against the Republic.

— HK-47, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
HK-47

Assessment: When faced with a continuous series of hard-fought battles, I detected a significant statistical increase in Jedi following Revan over the Jedi Code – a compromise in principles brought about by battlefield conditions.

The emotional weight of war changed Jedi morale, power, and eventually, their allegiance.

Conclusion: I believe the Mandalorian Wars were to beat the Mandalorians and also to allow Revan to build the foundation of his army.

— HK-47, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
HK-47

Speculation: I believe Revan wanted you [the Jedi Exile] to face the Jedi Council, master. As if there was something that you would show them and possibly undermine their strength.

Perhaps Revan wished the Council to see how far the Jedi had fallen. Knowing Revan, it was no doubt a strategic decision on many levels.

— HK-47, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
HK-47

Observation: Master, this is purely speculation, but there is a certain strength in parading defeated leaders before their people.

Perhaps Revan felt that your return to the Council in your state would show them what Jedi were capable of – and the cost.

Revan often referred to you as a Jedi who was already dead, and felt your reception by the Council would further show you their hypocrisy.

Considering the council's judgment, I see they did not receive your return well. Perhaps whatever anger they held for Revan they held against you.

— HK-47, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Commentary from Atton Rand

Atton

But Revan understood one thing – the real battle was going to be fought between the Jedi on both sides. That was the only battle that mattered.

— Atton Rand, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
Atton

Whoever had the most, the strongest Jedi were going to win the Civil War. If Revan couldn't convert Jedi, then Revan would kill them.

So Revan trained elite Sith units into assassination squads, whose duty was to go out and capture enemy Jedi. I was in one of the special units trained to do this.

— Atton Rand, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
Atton

Revan had plans for all Jedi. I think it was important that the Jedi see [his or her] side of things, the Sith teachings.

Revan wanted to break them. And then have them join [him or her].

— Atton Rand, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
Atton

She [the Jedi] said that Revan was doing something terrible to Jedi within the Unknown Regions. That when we captured Jedi, they were sent to a place designed to… break them.

And that anyone in his service who showed any ability with the Force was sent there, too, to turn them, to break them into Dark Jedi… or assassins trained to kill Jedi.

— Atton Rand, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Commentary from Mical

Mical

Onderon, strangely enough, was unaffected by the Jedi Civil War. It's almost as if Revan didn't want to attack it. Its resources and position on the Rim make it a vital supply line and a guard post against Outer Rim attacks.

Also, it's the only world in the Republic still capable of seeding ecosystems into other dead worlds – Onderon's wildlife is some of the most aggressive in the known galaxy. Merely placing some of those beasts on target worlds will guarantee their habitation for years to come.

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

Commentary from G0-T0

G0-T0

Revan did not intend to destroy the Republic. He deliberately left the infrastructure of many planets intact – and many military production facilities.

— G0-T0, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
G0-T0

I believe that by whatever means [he or she] [Revan] used to build his armada, [he or she] recognized that it was somehow a limited source – or that [he or she] was only willing to use it to a point.

My prediction is that whatever production facility was being employed, it carried a price that Revan perceived as detrimental to the goals of the Sith.

And that is why Revan left many military production facilities in the Republic intact.

— G0-T0, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
G0-T0

I believe that Revan saw a war on another front that we did not, or saw the value in keeping a strong military force.

— G0-T0, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
G0-T0

Between the two [Revan and Malak], I would have preferred Revan rule the galaxy. He had foresight in his conquest, a subtlety that Malak did not possess.

— G0-T0, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
G0-T0

Rather than remain and continue his campaign against the Republic, however, Revan chose to leave known space.

Rather than remain and help solidify the Republic, however, Revan chose to leave known space.

A frustrating turn of events, as a rallying figurehead could have done much to restore order.

— G0-T0, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Commentary from Mika Dorin

Mika Dorin

Since Malak stole the Order from you [Revan], the Academy here on Korriban has become all but impossible to deal with. The Sith there care for nothing but their own plots and schemes.

I hope that once you destroy your old apprentice things will return to the way they were before. The Sith and the Exchange should work together: it could benefit both sides.

— Mika Dorin, in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Commentary from a Sith Bastila

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

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

Commentary from a Sith Bastila joined by a Sith Revan

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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