Know your lore: Dor Gal-ram

Dor Gal-ram was a Sith Lord in the years leading up to the Great Hyperspace War, 5,000 years before the Battle of Yavin. A member of the Sith species, Gal-ram was native to an area of space known as the Sith Empire. After the death of Dark Lord of the Sith Marka Ragnos, Gal-ram sided with one of the contenders for the title, Ludo Kressh. Kressh’s main rival was Naga Sadow, a progressive Sith Lord with expansionist ambitions. In 5,000 BBY, Sadow staged an attack on the Sith Empire, meant to appear like a Galactic Republic assault, and used this opportunity to declare himself the new Dark Lord of the Sith. This led to a schism between Sadow and Kressh, with Gal-ram siding with Kressh. Sadow then staged another raid, this time leaving evidence that he was actually complicit; upon seeing this evidence, an angered Kressh ordered Gal-ram and a fellow supporter, Horak-mul, to gather their forces to attack Sadow. In the ensuing clash at Khar Delba, Gal-ram and his allies were outwitted and defeated by Sadow. Gal-ram, along with Horak-mul, was killed in the battle when Sadow ordered the crew of Gal-ram’s flagship to betray and kill him.

Dor Gal-ram first appeared in Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith ( Get it here for 1.99$), a story arc of the Tales of the Jedi comic series, which was written by Kevin J. Anderson and released in 1996. Gal-ram first appeared in a non-speaking role in the arc’s third issue, The Fabric of an Empire. His role would later be expanded in the fourth issue, Pawns of a Sith Lord, and the fifth issue ( available here for 1.99$ ), The Flight of Starbreaker 12. in which his character was killed. In these appearances, Gal-ram was illustrated by Dario Carrasco, Jr. In 2008, Gal-ram was given an entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia ( available here).

Dor Gal-ram was a male of the Sith species and a Sith Lord in the years leading up to the Great Hyperspace War of 5,000 BBY. He was native to a region of space in the galaxy known as the Sith Empire. In 5,000 BBY, Dark Lord of the Sith Marka Ragnos died after a century of iron-handed rule. After Ragnos‘ death, two Sith Lords, Naga Sadow and Ludo Kressh, stepped in to try and fill the power vacuum. Gal-ram supported Kressh, the more conservative Sith Lord, over Sadow, a progressive with expansionist ambitions. Around this time, the arrival of two Humans in the Sith Empire from the Galactic Republic, Gav and Jori Daragon, opened up a conflict between Sadow and Kressh, who disagreed on how to deal with the Daragons.

Finally, Sadow staged an attack on the Sith Empire, which was made to look like a Republic assault, riling the Sith into a frenzy. During a meeting on the planet of Ziost after the raid, Sadow declared himself the new Dark Lord of the Sith. Gal-ram watched on in silence as the majority of other Sith Lords voiced their support of Sadow. An outraged Kressh called his remaining supporters to rally around him, and Gal-ram left the meeting with the Sith Lord. After the meeting, Sadow staged another false Republic attack on a hangar on Ziost, which contained the Daragons’ ship, the Starbreaker 12, and stole the vessel. Upon arriving at the hangar, Kressh, found Sadow’s emblem amidst the carnage. Shocked and angry, Kressh summoned Gal-ram and another of his supporters, the one-eyed Sith Lord Horak-mul, to his chambers on Rhelg to confer on these developments. There, Kressh informed them of Sadow’s complicity in the attack and ordered Gal-ram and Horak-mul to gather their fleets so as to stage a surprise attack on Sadow.

Gal-ram did as he was told, massing his forces and joining Kressh’s and Horak-mul’s fleets at Khar Delba, the site of Sadow’s citadel. They commenced their attack, launching a rain of laser fire onto Sadow’s base. However, Sadow had prepared for the battle and had hidden his fleet in orbit around Khar Delba’s moon, Khar Shian. Sadow’s fleet attacked and caught Gal-ram and his allies off-guard, and Sadow then moved on to the next stage of his plan: ordering the Massassi crew of Gal-ram’s flagship—who were, in reality, double agents under his own command—to kill him. Gal-ram was preoccupied with the battle and the Massassi crew caught him unawares, murdering him. Horak-mul was killed in the same manner, and Kressh was defeated in the Battle of Khar Delba.

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