Creating a two-dimensional villain is easy as the character is a simple evil individual often with simple goals such as taking over the world, but what happens when what makes up your villain runs deeper, adding a third dimension to the formula? Star Wars: The Old Republic is taking that path with the Sith. Since the game is based in the era of the Old Republic, the developers were able to explore more about this group of people and why they are the way that they are.
In a recent interview with Daniel Erickson, more was learned about the roots of the Sith and what has driven them to become the terror of the Old Republic. Were they right? The lines between right and wrong become a bit blurred as Erickson explains how the Jedi pursued the Sith into near extinction for simply believing differently as they do, committing what he describes as genocide.
There were hints of what happened between the Jedi and the Sith in the formative years of the Force. While the Force itself always existed, learning how to use it, and how to train others to use it, took time. "The Force was developed on Tython, discovered by these pre-Jedi philosophers. They came into conflict about what it means and how it should be addressed." Erickson explains. This conflict split the people in two. "What the Jedi call the Dark Side, and what came to be known as the Dark Side, these people believed that life should be about emotion. They believed you should be unrestrained, that the galaxy wants us to love and lust and kill and make art and cry and dream..." he trails off.
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