a.k.a. Darth Imperius
Vodo Bonias was the third and tenth Emperor of the Galactic Empire. Following his first reign, he served as ruler of the Dark Empire, a notable separatist movement headquartered on Bastion that sought to depose Emperor Charon from the Imperial throne and ultimately succeeded. Later during his second reign, Bonias was the Emperor of the Galaxy from Year 5 Day 159 until Year 11 Day 291 when he was unexpectedly overthrown during the Fourth Imperial Civil War and thus succeeded by Executor Thomas Cherokee. A Sith Lord, he is one of the most powerful Force users in the known galaxy, generally believed to be second only to Darth Knyte in power.
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Vodo Bonias was adopted by a Corellian family at a young age. They were smugglers. When he was ten years old, the Empire raided his home on Corellia. They took his father and mother and executed them both. His five year old sister was taken away, not to be heard from again until he was thirty years old. His grandmother raised him until he was sixteen years old when he was old enough to go on his own.
He grew up knowing he was sensitive to the Force although his Corellian parents and grandmother did not want him to develop his force skills. They feared that the Empire would send Sith to hunt him down. All force users represent a threat to the Emperor.
Vodo met a young Jedi named Barak Golan who decided he would teach him the ways of the Force. He traveled with him to Tatooine to train. Six months after his training began, an Imperial commando unit and Sith raided his Meleenium shop and killed his master. They completely ignored Vodo, thinking that he was not a threat. The anger burned inside him at the loss of both his parents and his master Jedi. His anger grew to the point of no return.
Vodo recognized how powerful his hatred and anger had made him. He knew that this power would protect him from the Sith and the Empire... perhaps. He soon departed for the Obsidian Temple where he studied under the tutelage of Master Gita Nareek. He became well versed in the esoteric teachings of both the Krath and the Sith. Vodo joined an elite collective known as the Order of the Dark Hand under the command of Balseraph. Vodo became so powerful that his Master could no longer control him. Master Gita expelled him from the order never to return.
Soon afterwards, Vodo was contacted by a Dark Lord known as Darth Matrus. Darth Matrus had also been expelled from the Order of the Dark Hand. He lured Vodo telling him "the Krath are nothing but a band of failed Sith awaiting execution by the Dark Lord of the Sith. The only reason they survived is because the Dark Lord still has usage for them." Matrus encouraged Vodo to enlist in the Empire while secretly training under him. Darth Matrus was the most egotistical and hateful man that he had ever met.
Darth Matrus regularly drank the blood of the people that he savagely murdered. He kept company with a Dathomir witch that was both his lover and his enemy. The witches hated Vodo because his powers soon grew stronger than his master. Darth Matrus taught him everything he knew about hatred, anger and the ability to manipulate people to your will. Dark Acolyte Vodo Bonias became a notorious figure known to frequent that WBS cantina. That is where he met his wife, Kammy Bonias. Kammy Bonias was married to a General in the Empire.
He treated her terribly. So Vodo killed him. Soon Dark Acolyte Vodo was promoted to a Dark Sentinel by Darth Matrus. Kammy Bonias was the most manipulative woman that Vodo ever met. She weakened him. She showed him that he still had the ability to love. An ability that weakened his connection to the Dark Side of the Force. Soon she gave birth to a son.
A son that he immediately took from her and killed. The child would have been a liability, a pawn used to manipulate and weaken him. She never forgave him. They parted ways and now he became stronger than ever.
One gloomy night at the WBS cantina, Darth Matrus ordered Vodo to his side. He accommodated his request as he had done every night previous. However, tonight was his last night to order Vodo Bonias around. He betrayed his master and killed him. By this time he was a Captain in the Imperial Navy. Admiral Drayson was his commanding officer.
Eventually, Vodo served Drayson as an Admiral of one of his fleets. He quickly became bored working for the Emperor for he felt that he was inferior to him in every way. He organized a coup d'état. Vodo Bonias was now the Emperor of the galaxy. He ruled as the Emperor for a year before he stepped down and allowed Executor Spytek to take control.
During Vodo's time away from the throne it was alleged that he created a shadow organization within the Empire known as Majestic 12 that would ensure that he always maintained power. Vodo was now a famous Warlord, working for Emperor Spytek.
After Spytek, Vodo worked for Emperor Suntzu and Emperor Piett. It was during Piett's reign that he attempted to overthrow the Emperor once again. The attempt failed and he was hunted down by Imperial troops led by Admiral Simms (Darth Knyte) and Admiral Gorn Veynom. Whom both happened to be Majestic 12 agents. Captain Machkhit cornered Vodo... yet pretended that he did not see him, ultimately letting Vodo escape aboard Darth Knyte's shuttle.
Vodo was banished from the Empire never to return. This is when he started the Dark Empire. Once the Dark Empire received galactic recognition, Vodo stepped down and left the known galaxy for over one year. During that time, the Galactic Empire grew under the leadership of Darth Knyte and Jennifer Dreighton. Soon Vodo was the Emperor of the Dark Empire. After a series of talks between the Dark Empire and the Galactic Empire, the two collectives merged..."
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|Ruler of the Galactic Empire|
Circa Year -2 Day 350 — Year -1 Day 186
|Ruler of the Galactic Empire|
Year 5 Day 159 — Year 11 Day 291