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Moments: Darth Revan's Fate Revealed

by Josh Straub on Jul 19, 2012 at 07:34 AM

BioWare is no stranger to deep stories and engaging plot twists, but the twist in the original Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is one of the most shocking.

*Spoilers Ahead*

As the game begins, the player wakes up with no memory and under attack by the powerful Sith lord, Darth Malak. Players learn that the hero is a soldier of the Republic tasked with accompanying the Jedi Master, Bastila Shan, as she tries to locate the Star Forge and stop Malak.

During this journey, players repeatedly hear about the evil deeds perpetrated by Malak and his now-dead master, Darth Revan. BioWare does a masterful job making Revan out to be one of the most evil characters in the Star Wars universe. By the time Revan's fate is revealed, light-siders see the Sith Lord as a fearsome (but vanquished) foe, while dark-siders see Revan as a martyr.

In a climactic revelation, players realize that the character they have been controlling since the gameís beginning is none other Darth Revan himself. The Sith Lord's memories were wiped by Bastila and the Jedi Council, and the amnesiac Revan was used as a pawn of the Jedi. Players are forced to confront stark realities. For the light side players, discovering that they were once the most evil person in the universe – responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent people – is shocking. For the dark side players, this revelation means that they can attempt to reclaim Revan's lost status as Dark Lord of the Sith. The reveal also provides the opportunity for the player to completely change their path, deciding to take up their mantle as a Sith Lord once more, or embracing the light side and becoming a redeemed Jedi Knight. Either way, players never saw this twist coming.