Lei-Shen, waas the beating heart of the Reapers guild, was not always the galactic power she now is. Despite her pure sith blood (or, perhaps, because of it), Lei-Shen began life as a slave sometime in early 2012. Though her earliest origins are known only to herself, if at all, she first came to notice when she was tapped to become an Acolyte at the infamous Sith Academy on Korriban. Her power, untrained and untested, was nevertheless sufficient enough to raise her above her peers. What escaped notice even then was the compassion with which Lei-Shen treated her peers, even her rivals. Although she loathed her time there, more than a few acolytes would owe their lives to her before she caught the attention of the Sith Lord Zash, who took her on as an apprentice.
Zash gave Lei-Shen her first lightsaber and eventually a ship, sending her out on her own into the galaxy on various errands. During this period, Lei-Shen learned the art of poise, the value of cunning, when ruthlessness was required and when compassion and empathy would best serve her. Zash was ambivlant to the inner workings of her student's mind, prefering instead to pursue her dark adgendas while Lei-Shen developed her own unique philosphy on the nature of the Dark Side and the force in general. She was aided and advised on multiple occasions by the appearance of an apparition, her ancestor, an ancient sith Lord named Kallig. It was around this time that Lei-Shen first encountered the Revanites and rediscovered the teachings of the centuries-dead Prodigal Knight who'd mastered both Light and Dark. Lei-Shen devoted herself to studying Revan's philosophies, but Zash's tunnel vision would not last for ever. With her preparations finally complete, Zash summoned Lei-Shen to the Dark Temple on Dromund Kaas and attempted to steal her apprentice's body. Instead, Lei-Shen fought back and trapped the old witch's spirit in the body of Khem Val, Lei-Shen's Dashade assassin and relic of the Tulak Horde era.
With her path finally clear, Lei-Shen assumed the role of Lord of the Sith and continued to pursue her own meditations and research into the nature of the force. Unfortunately, peace would not be her companion, for Darth Thanaton, Master of the Sith Pyramid of Knowledge and sitting member of the Dark Council, resolved to destroy her, ostensibly in retribution for Zash's murder, but really it was for Lei-Shen flouting of tradition and her radical views which challenged his percieved authority.
Thanaton's power and resources were immense and Lei-Shen was woefully unprepared to match him. Setting out on a desperate quest for power that took her to the most disparate corners of the Galaxy, Lei-Shen found that by binding the force ghosts of ancient lords of the sith to augment her own burgeoning power she would eventually be able to match Thanaton blow for blow. All that power took an incredible strain on her body, however, causing it to deteriorate at an accelerated rate while her mind slowly splintered...
Desperate for survival, Lei-Shen combed the galaxy before she found healing rituals to harmonize the chaotic foces within that were slowly destroying her, all the while building up a true power base to challenge Thanaton on equal terms. Her servants become legion, including Moff Pyron of the Imperial Fleet and the Cult of the Dragon on Nar Shadda. Her personality solidified as an individual who valued life and the rights of living creatures. Lei-Shen eschewed violence as the ever-answer, prefering instead to persue cooperation. By the time she finally faced her aggressor, her power dwarfed Thanaton's own. The Kaggath ended with Thanton on his knees before her and all the Dark Council. With his daeth, Lei-Shen was elevated to his seat as the Head of the Sith Pyramid of Knowledge and given the title of Darth Imperius - making her a living oxymoron as she was simultaneously a Dark Lord of the Sith and a Master of the Light Side of the Force.
Though her contributions to the Empire would continue on Makeb, Rishi, and Yavin, Darth Imperius focused on the philosophies that brought her where she was, resulting in the development of the Shenway: A collection of her teachings that empathized freedom through compassion and power through loyalty, for behavior that is admired is the path to power everywhere. Darth Imperius being living proof of this. Her Apprentice, Darth Parthaax, would be the first of a new generation of Sith to master this philosophy.
In her earliest days, Darth imperius joined the Nightmare Squadron and fought for them on many worlds, but she never felt as though she truly belonged to the massive organization. So, despite their power, when an enigmatic young Sith named Sithtodius petitioned her to join his Death Legion, she accepted, becoming at the time the single most powerful member of the guild (which then numbered less than 30 accounts). She kept to herself, mostly. Ignoring the calls to battle on the sands in favor of speaking with and engaging her fellows on a one to one basis. It was not long before she was assigned her first apprentice, Yegrcoln, a troubled young acolyte who dreamed always of greatness.
Her idle days were not to last, however. In May of 2015, Darth Imperius had a vision where she and all she knew were cut down by the Knights of the Fallen Empire. She shared this vision, and was kicked out of Death Legion on charges of fostering sedition. Imperius withdrew to her remote stronghold on Tattooine, meditating on her eventual death, when Yegrcoln, now founder of Darkness Rising, coaxed her out and begged her to lead his fledgling guild. She refused outright, but burdened by the knowledge that with her death her controvercial teachings would be lost to the void, she eventually accepted. She would change the title of Grandmistress to Archon, and the name of Darkness Risng to the Reapers, which she felt suited her and her constituents better.
Imperius lead the Reapers with an inviolable iron will and poise refined from years of adversity. However, as time passed, her prusuit of power turned inwards. The realization of her prohpecy, the rise of Zakuul, presented new challanges for the Archon. In time, she determined that only Seneschal Hrokkvir, then of the Inheritors, could help the Reapers realize their destiney. Lei-Shen struck a deal with the powerful sith lord, stepping down and allowing him to take on the title of Archon along with the leadership of the guild.
Lei-Shen remains a powerful force to be reckoned with, but is content to remain in the shadows...for now...
(Fun Facts) In Chinese, Shen means "to ponder" or "to consider" While Lei means "Divine" Or "Thunder." Lei-Shen is the name of a Chinese Thunder God.)
Crafting Skill: Cybertech - lvl500
Hours: Weekdays b/w 7-9 CST, sometimes mornings before 7AM CST.
(Likes: Roleplaying, Cleverness, Teaching, Contemplating the Force, Decorating, Lightning)
(Dislikes: Foul Language, Harrassment, Unecessary Conflict, Weakness)