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Emperor Palpatine

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Location/Role: Emperor Palpatine is the ruler of the Empire. This places him in charge of Coruscant, Costa del Sol, and Carrefore, making him the only individual to claim dominion over pieces of three verses.

As time has worn on, the Emperor has made less physical appearances in the city. His likeness, however, can still be found on everything from hologram advertising boards to statues to children’s toys. The increasingly reclusive nature of the Emperor has had the effect of making many start to worship him, expanding a precedent originally set by his elite guard of space marines, who refer to him only as their ‘God-Emperor.’ Palpatine has made no such efforts to quell such activities.

It would be a rare ‘treat’ for anyone, even a prime, to have a one-on-one audience with Emperor Palpatine.

Story: (taken from Imperial records) Sheev Palpatine was born on the planet of Naboo into an aristocratic family. He had everything a young boy might want growing up, but his home life was tainted by a terrible relationship with his father. He was able to attend all of the most prestigious academies and universities, but he was always kicked out for petty crimes and misdemeanors. Each and every time he would be expelled, his father would make the accusations vanish with influence and money. This taught the young Sheev that money and influence could make anything possible, which was a lesson he would never forget.

At a young age, Sheev became fascinated with collecting ‘Sith’ artifacts. These were old relics and histories of an extinct order of Jedi who had been outcast for their unorthodox beliefs. His fondness for these relics would lead him to idealize the sacrifices of the long-dead freedom fighters, who were ostracized for having beliefs outside the accepted canon of the Jedi Order. Outside of his collecting,, Palpatine and his father shared only their love for podracing. Palpatine would use his father’s money and influence to compete in races and get access to the fastest, most advanced racers.

As a teenager, Palpatine studied at Theed University and was part of its Legislative Youth Program. Because of his father’s status, Palpatine made a lot of high-profile contacts, but he secretly opposed the conservative views of his father and Naboo’s isolationist government. In the process of undermining the current administration, Palpatine sold dirty secrets of the current rich houses (including his own). This covert work he did drew the attention of Hego Damask, a Muun businessman and a financier for some of the galaxies largest business conglomerates. Damask supported a pro-Republic monarchy on Naboo and had visited the planet to support his candidate.

The two met one day outside Theed University, and after much discussion, Palpatine joined Damask’s political and business endeavors. When Palpatine’s father learned, he immediately set out to undermine his son’s future. The family ventured out on a yacht, where Sheev’s father stated he planned to send his son away to an isolated part of the planet to finish his schooling. Seeing that his father planned to neuter his career, Palpatine objected, and the argument became heated. It was then that the father revealed to his son that he had wanted him killed from birth.

Sensing that he was in danger, Palpatine was forced to retaliate. In the process, he tapped into the Force and used its awesome might to destroy his family. It was only in the aftermath of this incident that Damask revealed that he was a member of a Jedi order that was long considered extinct, the Sith. After covering up the evidence of his family’s death, Damask offered Palpatine entry into the Sith Order, which the young man wholeheartedly accepted.

Palpatine was taken the desolate world of Mygeeto, where he valiantly endured trials of hunger, mind games, and exposure to harsh environments without any chance for sleep. Palpatine passed all trials and was accepted as a student under Damask, giving the young man access to centuries of lost history and information. In the public sphere, Palpatine went through the mandated public service and proceeded to stay in public service beyond the normally accepted age. He entered local politics and worked his way from the bottom upward.

After a five-year stint in the Apprentice Legislator program, he was appointed Ambassador in the retinue of the Naboo Senator (Palpatine’s earlier efforts had led to Naboo electing a monarch who motioned to join the Galactic Republic). Palpatine lost more elections than he won in his early political career, missing out on a string of political appointments. He elected to keep a low profile so as to not undermine his teacher, and to allow him to discreetly disappear from the radar in order to focus on his Sith training on harsh worlds and to meet with Damask on remote planets where they did not have to risk being seen together by beings from the political sphere.

Around the time of his thirtieth birthday, Palpatine and his teacher were beginning to note how the galaxy was changing. There was growing discontent with the Republic in the fringe worlds, and even many citizens of Republican core worlds were beginning to show their unrest and lack of happiness with the current government. Palpatine and Damask saw that these people yearned for a more centralized government led by a noble autocrat, and to that end, the pair sought to save the galaxy.

Following the heart-breaking assassination of Naboo’s Senator, Palpatine stood for election and won. The young man went to Coruscant, the center of the Galactic Republic. By the time Palpatine stepped onto the Senate floor for the first time, he already knew that the prominent power-brokers in the Senate looked down their noses at the more provincial delegates, expecting little to nothing of importance from them. He knew that he, too, was lumped in with the other hopefuls from Rimward worlds, those who, having never ventured far from their homeworlds before, would in short order be overwhelmed by Coruscanti politics.

Rather than do anything to prove the elites wrong, Palpatine encouraged them to keep thinking this way. Again, he failed to take advantage of opportunities that could have landed him on important advisory boards and powerful committees, and unless pressed, he never shared his observations with his colleagues. Instead, he purposely sought to keep his advancement slow, knowing that the more he did so, the more harmless he seemed to potential rivals. The performance evidently worked; the powerful Senators, wrapped up in their own petty power struggles, initially laughed at the small and quiet provincial, and otherwise paid him no mind.

Palpatine surprised everyone as he became increasingly popular. He wrote extensively, his notes on power became popular texts among political and military science students. Soon, his theories became well known enough for them to be taught at leading universities throughout the galaxy. Despite this growing influence, Palpatine remained unassuming, and would spend many hours alone reflecting in his modest, yet well-appointed quarters. People remarked on how he remained a private man, rarely attending social functions, devoting all his time to his work.

For some twenty years, Sheev Palpatine served as a noble follower of the Senate and the Galactic Republic. Unfortunately, a crisis emerged when his home planet of Naboo was blockaded by the Trade Federation. The Senate, under the leadership of Chancellor Valorum, did nothing but debate politics and ethics while the people of Naboo starved. When the situation worsened into an invasion of Naboo, Palpatine orchestrated the rescue of the planet’s young and beautiful queen. With her help, he initiated a vote of no confidence to remove Chancellor Valorum from power.

The removal of the inept chancellor and his government led to a new election, and Senator Palpatine was put forward as a compromise candidate. He won in a landslide following the sudden death of a small number of senators who had previously vowed to oppose elections. His first acts were to send the queen and some noble jedi warriors back to Naboo to liberate the planet.

Unfortunately it was during this exciting month that tragedy struck. Just like his father before him, Chancellor-Elect Palpatine had learned that his teacher intended to use him for his own ends. Gathering up his courage, Palpatine confronted his former teacher, and after being attacked, Sheev struck back and slew his teacher. Despite his sadness, Palpatine had to press on, especially as new threats plagued the galaxy.

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For nearly ten years, Chancellor Palpatine strove to make the Galactic Republic a better place to live, but despite his best efforts, strife continued to fester in the outer rims. Several worlds joined together to form the Confederation of Independent Systems, and while they were initially just political rivals, it soon became clear that they were building an army of clones designed for war. Seizing these clone facilities, Palpatine also accepted emergency powers that granted him greater control over the army and the state. He accepted this new authority with a heavy heart.

For two years, the Clone Wars ravaged the Republic, and all the while, the Jedi Order remained a thorn in Palpatine’s side. Try as they could to cover up the facts, it soon became clear that they were plotting to overthrow the Senate. Before he could save the Republic from the treachery of the Jedi, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine was brought to the Omniverse.

It is said that Sheev Palpatine weeped for seven days upon waking up in the Fountain of Infinity. So strong was his love for his Republic that he couldn’t bear the thought of what must have become of it with his disappearance. By the time Palpatine’s sadness abated, he was joined by a younger man named Aragorn. A ruler in his home world, the two bonded over their loses and traveled out into the Omniverse, somewhat eager to unravel the secrets of this new world. They would journey together for a period of time that is lost to history before an unknown event caused them to go their separate ways. Palpatine claims that he drove out Aragorn because the younger man had designs on ultimate power.

In the aftermath of Aragorn’s departure, Sheev Palpatine ruled over a city that he redubbed ‘Coruscant’ after the homeworld of his beloved Republic. Over a span of two years, Coruscant grew into a futuristic city that spread out across the entire verse. With nowhere to expand, the city grew down, resulting in the creation of the second tier of Coruscant. Having seen before the threats faced by a Republic in a state of perpetual war, Palpatine assumed the mantle of 'Emperor' to ensure that there was a powerful ruler to guide the city through the chaotic daily life of the Omniverse. The council that had existed before remained, but all of the true power was vested in Palpatine.

It was around this time that the demon Diablo first began to send out raiding parties from the Underverse. The first several of these guerilla attacks resulted in horrendous losses for Coruscant, leading Emperor Palpatine to petition for the creation of a defense force for Coruscant, the stormtroopers. Around the same time, new primes started to arrive in the Omniverse, and Palpatine made personal visits to the Fountain of Infinity to recruit these individuals.

Just like Minas Tirith, Coruscant experienced even more prosperity with the arrival of additional primes. A third and fourth tier were established, and outposts were established in the Vasty Deep and the Endless Dunes. The Dunes in particular became quite popular due to the enormous supply of raw materials that lie beneath the savanna, leading to an increasing degree of industrialization in a short span.

As the demon raids gradually became armies, Emperor Palpatine was forced into a precarious situation. Debates with the council were becoming increasingly wasteful, as the individuals could not come to a consensus on anything, even as demons attacked Coruscant itself. This resulted in Coruscant being savagely assaulted by the forces of Diablo. It would be days before all of the demons and undead were purged from the city. In the aftermath, Palpatine blamed traitors, and from that day forth, there would be strict limitations on freedom of expression in Coruscnt.

Despite the set back, Palpatine resumed the steady militarization of Coruscant. The city went on to flourish in the wake of the disaster, with the seventh tier being almost wholly dedicated to the manufacture of war machines. In the process, however, the Endless Dunes were almost entirely deprived of natural resources, and even before the banishing of Diablo, the Empire was withdrawing from almost the entire verse. Military service became compulsory for citizens of Coruscant, and an elite guard of space marines was created for the protection of the Emperor.

Even with Diablo sealed in the Underverse, Emperor Palpatine maintained all the laws about censorship. He has continued a campaign against the Kingdom, although there have been no large-scale battles between the two powers. Despite his best efforts to be a fair and impartial ruler, many citizens of Coruscant are ignorant of the cost for safety and security. Fortunately for the Empire, Judge Dredd played a key role in forcing these vile terrorists and villains into the lower tiers, where they tend to attack one another and bicker like urban gangs.

Even so, the lower tiers remain a constant hotbed of disloyal and foolhardy terrorists who fail to see the importance of a strong central government. Despite their protests, Emperor Palpatine, as the strongest prime in the Omniverse, has made no overtures to indicate that he will give into their vile demands for democracy or unregulated freedom of speech.

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Curious about me and the characters I play? See the 'Staff' page! See also the rosters for my characters Samus Aran or Enel if you'd like to see examples of well-formatted rosters. Hope you enjoy the Omniverse!

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