strikeslip said: But the Emperor’s not dead. That’s kind of a problem with his plan. :/
Yeah, it is. On the other hand, it sets up a potentially interesting confrontation later. I wonder how well-known in the Empire’s top hierarchy it was that the Emperor existed mostly bodiless and just possessed things? I mean, do they know that the Voice and the Servants are directly connected to him somehow, or do they just think it’s an affectation or something? Because I can see it being dangerous for the Emperor to let all the Dark Council know- lookit what Baras exploited on Voss (and how did Baras know that anyway?). So if Malgus assumed the Emperor was dead because he didn’t know better, it was a totally reasonable move to make. On the other hand- does it matter if Malgus knew he wasn’t dead?
Now, the Emperor’s eventual plan is bad for everyone. Sith, Jedi, the Republic, the Empire…all fucked. And since the people in power in the Empire are fanatically devoted to him, it’s going to be hard for the loyalists to mount any kind of concerted and meaningful response when/if his true plan is revealed (especially if they’ve been clearing all their construction and attack plans by his servants…). The Republic will have advantages, but the Empire will be subsumed to his will and screwed. A non-loyal Empire under Malgus, using Foundry tech and with the expertise of alien technicians that the loyalist Empire would have rejected, will have a better opportunity to counterattack without being at a disadvantage. While I’m not saying there would be any active cooperation with the Republic- it’s not like Malgus loves them- it’s possible that there was a Malgus-led splinter Empire, and if the Sith Emperor revealed his crazy plan, there would at least be some coordination of fleet strikes, because life-ending apocalypse is more important than their war. Basically.
Now, this three-front war (the Emperor and his followers, the Republic, and Malgus’ Empire and his followers), appears to be not-possible after we kill Malgus. But…do we? We pitch him down a shaft. It’s like with Revan and the Foundry, that’s like the biggest “coming back later!” trope.* How do we know he doesn’t have an escape pod down there somewhere he can use to nick off? And then he could sit around brooding, on top of other things he accumulated that we didn’t blow up, and plot about how to build an Empire from scratch rather than just purifying the existing one… and then, when the Emperor reveals he’s Totally Nutso(tm), he can be all “hey bitches I’m alive hey want to be in my fleet to go kill Nutso?” and it will be
awesome. I mean, a pipe dream.
*Also I would say they wouldn’t kill a highly promoted box art character this much, but that Jedi Master guy on the box art got whacked off within a cutscene and isn’t even in the game. Otoh, Malgus gets wayyyyy more facetime…