Roll Call 6/8: Secrets, Knowledge, Power: A Sith Sorcerer’s Rise to Power

“You have my complete, undivided attention…”

Name: Azkedellia (Az-keh-dee-lee-a) Gale-Revel (nee Gale, Kallig)
Species: Human
Alias/Titles: Darth Nox
Class: Sith Inquisitor-Sorcerer
Alignment: Dark
Home Planet: UNKNOWN
Eyes: Green
Hair: Black
Marital Status: Married
Relatives: Andronikos Revel (Husband)
Azkedellia Gale is an enigma – little is known about her before she surfaced on Korriban as a slave. It is speculated that she was a servant to the Rand family on Dantooine when she was young, and was a personal servant to the Rand’s youngest daughter, Threlf’all. It is also rumoured that she was in fact Threlf’all’s half-sister, the result of an affair, though this has never been proved either way. Despite their different statuses, the two became inseparable, particularly because they were both force sensitive. One afternoon, the two were playing a long way from the Rand family farm, and Threlf’all fell down a hole, which led to some old temple ruins. Without hesitation, Azkedellia followed her. It is unknown what the two discovered in the ruins, but Threlf’all emerged without Azkedellia at her side, and Azkedellia was never the same, sweet girl again. Azkedellia became spiteful, selfish and avoided spending more time with Threlf’all than she needed to. Threlf’all was heartbroken at the loss of her friend, but she never told anyone what had happened that day. The pair were out in the gardens one day when pirate slavers arrived on Dantooine, and attempted to take the two girls. Seemingly without hesitation, Azkedellia pushed Threlf’all from the speeder, leaving her once-friend severely injured and bedridden, despite saving Threlf’all from a life of slavery. The next anyone saw or heard of Azkedellia was when she arrived on Korriban. It is unknown whether she remembers much of her past, but it has clearly left its mark in Madness.
On Korriban, Azkedellia met a young August Storm when he intervened to save her from some acolytes who were harassing her. He mistook her for a noble, and was surprised to learn she was a slave. Nevertheless, the two became close. Azkedellia began to develop feelings for August and they appeared to be reciprocated, although August never revealed his feelings. Azkedellia harboured dreams of marrying August and ruling the Empire with him, and was distraught when they were separated for their respective Sith training. However, as she progressed through her training and harnessed her own great power and potential, Azkedellia realised she needed no one but herself. Whilst she still appears fond (enough) of August and considers him a valuable ally, she found love with her companion Andronikos Revel, whom she later married.
Azkedellia craves power, and for her, knowledge is power, and she will do anything to obtain it. She is powerful, ambitious, and can be ruthless and cruel but this demeanour may hide a trace of the kind and selfless child she once was. Whilst she is more than happy for people to serve and worship her, she despises slavery – she appears to take pleasure in the subservience of the elite, perhaps owing to her slave background. Azkedellia found a good friend in Lana Beniko, and she is one of the few people she trusts completely. On occasion, Azkedellia lets he guard down around Lana, and the “good” side of her becomes more noticeable.
Tomorrow’s notes: Azkedellia is an entirely different kind of insane to Lemon. Azkedellia’s name is taken from a character in a fairly obscure TV show, Tinman, based on the Wizard of Oz (I suggest watching it if you like that sort of thing), hence her emerald eyes and general green obsession. It’s such a great name and it sounds very sith-y. She’s the quiet one, the one who no-one suspects until it’s too late. Azkedellia is an evil mastermind, and I love her for it. She schemes, schemes some more and schemes again. Her mind is labrynthian and nothing gets past her. She is by far my most intelligent toon, and it made playing her a real treat. She’s not naïve, though she’s great at feigning it and she’s an enigma (but not for enigma’s sake) making her ideal for her role as a Sith Sorcerer, a guardian of powerful secrets. She plays the ultimate primadonna, but she’s actually very grounded. Her alignment is Dark, but she’s got a fair few light side points thrown in there too, and she was Neutral for quite a while.
She’s a tragic character, when you dig deeper, but she doesn’t wallow in her personal tragedy – it motivates her, makes her want to be more. I was extremely pleased with how perfect Azkedellia was as my Sith Sorcerer. She has layers, and a lot of these I didn’t uncover until I played more of her class story. One of my favourite things about the Sith Sorcerer story was that it allowed her to catch up to and overtake August in almost every way. Yes, he’s my Sith Warrior. But he is bound to the Emperor in a way Azkedellia is not – she has the freedom and the mind to push for more power, to go higher. August has reached his peak. Azekedllia’s reliance on August has all but vanished, but she still uses it as a tool to ensure August’s cooperation. He thinks he pulls the strings, but it’s all her. It’s always been her. And that’s why Azkedellia is amazing.
Azkedellia also gave me my favourite romance in SWTOR, which was super surprising. I hadn’t planned on her romancing anybody (mainly because August) but Andronikos showed up and they just clicked. Originally, she was going to use and abuse him (as he intended to do with her) and it was nothing serious, just fun, but in a very organic way they started to care about one another. For me, it also helped finalise Azkedellia’s breakaway from being in awe of August.
The more I play of Azkedellia, the more I grow to love her as a character. I originally intended August to be my main Imp toon, but Azkedellia stole the show.
If I do ever play through Knights of The Fallen Empire with any other characters, she’s first in line, for sure.


Roll Call 5/8: Subtlelty and Subterfuge: The Imperial Agent

“Let’s hear some more…”

Name: Hyzynthlay Hyllus (nee Vanes)HyzFF

Species: Human

Alias/Titles: Cipher 9 (Many others)

Class: Imperial Agent-Operative

Home Planet: Dromund Kaas

Alignment: Light

Age: 28

Eyes: Hazel

Hair: Brown

Marital Status: Married

Relatives: Vector Hyllus (Husband)

Distinctive Features: Scar from a burn on left side of face, gained on Nar Shaddaa when she got into a fight with a bounty hunter who had been sent to kill a member of the family she was serving/spying on at the time. Hyzynthlay intervened to prevent him interfering with her mission and killed him. The story Hyzynthlay tells people is quite different to the reality – she says that she was clumsy and got into an accident with a kitchen appliance.

Hyzynthlay Vanes was born to a large, wealthy family on Dromund Kaas, with her father high ranking in the military and her mother a noble. One of nine siblings, Hyzynthlay’s parents never had much time for her (or her brothers and sisters) and they were mostly brought up by nannies and other carers. Hyzynthlay received the highest levels of education and had everything she could ever want, but she was never truly happy. Wanting to feel like an individual, Hyzynthlay decided to pursue a career with Imperial Intelligence, where she could be anyone she pleased. Incredibly intelligent and a fast learner, Hyzynthlay was quick to complete her training and receive her first real assignment. She served the Empire by infiltrating high profile houses, both Imperial and Republic, by posing as a servant. Her work took her to Alderaan, Nar Shaddaa and finally Dantooine, where she met Threlf’all Rand and later, Aquerple Borealis. Hyzynthlay was employed to care for Threlf’all whilst she was recovering from her childhood accident. As time passed, Hyzynthlay got to know Threlf’all, and she became fond of the woman she was caring for – and also spying on. Hyzynthlay found herself in an extremely difficult position which was only made more complex by the arrival of Aquerple. Threlf’all, Aquerple and Hyzynthlay became close friends, but Aquerple had her suspicions about the young “servant”. Hyzynthlay planned to come clean to her new found friends about her true identity, and hoped that, if they accepted her, she could stay with them and find a new life in the Republic, but before she could, Threlf’all was declared well enough to complete her Jedi training. Not wanting to disrupt the celebrations, Hyzynthlay kept her secret and the parting with her friends was bittersweet. She returned to the Empire with the intel she had gathered, and hopes that someday she could re-join them, and tell them the truth.

Hyzynthlay is a professional – she prides herself on getting the job done, and done to perfection. She will use any means necessary to achieve her objective; even if this means placing herself in uncomfortable or even compromising positions, particularly if using seduction as a means to an end. However, despite being in love with and married to Vector, Hyzynthlay has had her fair share of brief relationships throughout her career, some of the most notable being Aristocra Saganu and Sanju Prynne, and she continues to do so. It is sometimes unclear whether Hyzynthlay pursues such relationships for professional or purely personal reasons, and she likes it that way. There is little that she wouldn’t do to try and get back to her friends in the Republic. Given her line of work, it is difficult to understand who Hyzynthlay really is under all of the codenames, subterfuge and charm.

Tomorrow’s notes: Hyzynthlay’s name is taken from one of my favourite novels, Watership Down. In the book, Hyzynthlay is a rabbit who is incredibly clever and constantly making plans to escape her oppressive warren home. Cue Cipher 9 inspiration! I wanted my agent to be like that – determined, crafty but also able to play innocent and play along when necessary to achieve her goals. She was perfect inspiration for my agent. I tend to play very straightforward, good characters and so playing a double (triple, quadruple?!) agent was a real eye-opener for me. I didn’t think I’d enjoy it or be any good at it, but Cipher 9 and I got along just fine. More than fine – by the end I was loving the backstabs and stealthing around! It was a surprise, and a very welcome one.

Arriving at a good back story for Hyzynthlay was tricky – it was a challenge to write for someone who lives and breathes subterfuge and subtlety (I’m about as subtle as a tank and so are my characters, usually. See case in point, my main, Auryn, who I will post later). Hyzynthlay’s character development was aided by the brilliance of the Agent story and the excellent VO performance of Jo Wyatt.