Five short years ago, Darth Malak was no more than a promising student at the Jedi Academy on Dantooine. Though only a young man, his skill in battle and prowess with the lightsaber had already earned him renown within the Order. Given his abilities, and his arrogance, it was only natural that he should ignore the warnings of his Master and join the Republic fleet in its battle against the Mandalorian raiders on the Outer Rim.
In the Mandalorian wars, both Malak and his close friend Revan found the glory they were seeking. While many credited Revan's military strategies for the campaign's success, others were quick to point to Malak's fierce courage and relentless fury at the forefront of every battle as the key to Republic victory.
Already recognized as heroes, Malak and Revan pursued the fleeing Mandalorians into the uncharted regions of space, and all contact was lost. It was only when Revan returned as the Dark Lord of the Sith, with Malak as the Sith Master's general and chosen apprentice, that the galaxy learned what fate had befallen them.
The heroes had become conquerors. With each Sith victory, soldiers and Jedi alike began to abandon old allegiances to join the new power. In desperation, the Order set a trap to capture the two rogue Jedi. Details of the ensuing battle are unclear, but even though Revan and many Jedi were killed, Malak managed to survive the trap that destroyed his Master.
Some claim Malak fled the battle. Others maintain he survived simply because he was stronger than Revan. And there are those who believe Malak turned on Revan, using the opportunity of the Jedi's attack to wrest the mantle of Dark Lord from his former Master's failing grasp.
With Malak now at their head, the Sith continue their advance unabated. What their fleets lack in military strategy they make up for in sheer numbers and ruthless brutality, as Malak seems less interested in conquering Republic worlds than in obliterating them. If he is not stopped the Republic will surely fall, and the entire galaxy will be crushed beneath the Dark Lord's merciless rule.