Here's a little more information about the ancient Sith
artifacts mentioned in the story, Angel of the 501st.
Nearly 4,000 years before the Battle of Yavin, the fallen Jedi
Exar Kun took on the mantle of Dark Lord of the Sith, hoping to
restore the glory of the Dark Side and forge a galactic empire
of his own.
During his early efforts to steal forbidden Sith artifacts hidden
away in the Jedi Library on Ossus, Exar Kun kidnapped the beautiful
Jedi Healer Nariah Odine, whom he had known years before when
he was a young Padawan, bringing her to his secret base on Yavin
After a short, unsuccessful lightsaber duel with Exar Kun, Nariah turned
what was left of her weapon into an instrument known as the
metaharp, having read an account in the Ossus Library of another
Jedi who had renounced violence...even in defense...and used music
as a healing and meditation tool to "combat" darkness
Using her own musical talents and healing gifts, Nariah
tried to sooth Kun's anger to bring him back into the light.
But the Dark Lord of the Sith had delved too far into the black
arts, and took a twisted delight in tormenting and abusing
his healer prize.
Betrayed by his one-time apprentice, the fallen Jedi
Ulic Qel-Droma, the combined forces of the Jedi and Old Republic
armies were on their way to attack Yavin IV and destroy Exar Kun.
Using forbidden Sith magic, Exar Kun sucked the soul out of Nariah
and enclosed her trapped spirit in a globe hidden in a secret
chamber within his temple fortress.
Nariah's body, which had given
Kun such pleasure, was then perfectly preserved in a glass-covered
casket upon which her metaharp was placed and also hidden away
in the temple.
Knowing his time was nearly up, Exar Kun assembled and drew the
life force out of his worshippers, the Massasi natives of Yavin
IV, to entrap and hide his own dark spirit within the walls of the temple, hoping
one day to resurrect both himself and his concubine Nariah.
Sometime after the Battle of Yavin, Imperial investigators, searching
for information left behind by the fleeing Rebels, uncovered Nariah's
glass casket, but not the soul globe. The find of the perfectly
preserved young woman's body was displayed on Coruscant at the Galactic
Museum in the Sith Hall. The exhibit was an instant sensation
with the public.
Overly romantic and fanciful stories, plus an grand opera,
were written about the mysterious beauty Nariah Odine, the bound concubine
of the Sith Lord Exar Kun, whom many believed could not stand to
see her beauty fade with time.
A year after the discovery of the glass coffin, the Force-sensitive Agent Arik
Ganner, an Imperial Intelligence operative who had been trained
as a Sith artifact hunter, came across Nariah's soul globe in the hands of an antique collector. The
globe's owner claimed the
unusual "singing" object had been found by an alien
researcher who was documenting Yavin IV's architecture within the
abandoned Sith temples of the moon centuries before.
After murdering the collector, Ganner brought the stolen globe before his master, the
Emperor Palpatine. Palpatine placed the captive essence within a specially built sarcophagus
that housed the physical remains of Nariah.
Kept within a private Sith
museum hidden deep in the bowels of the Imperial Palace, the Emperor
takes a dark delight in viewing the ancient healer's preserved body, while listening to her pleas for deliverance
from the soul globe.
When the Sith Adept Arik Ganner asked Lady Meena Valorian if
she knew about the history of her metaharp on pages 68 and 69 of Part
I of Angel of the 501st, he was referring to the story
of Nariah and Exar Kun.
Arik Ganner is a true Sith romantic...he, too, is enthralled
by the legend of the beautiful Jedi Healer Nariah who became the
ancient Sith Lord Exar Kun's slave...and hopes to do the same
by making Lady Meena his own.