Star Wars the Old Republic (SWTOR) is the work of Bioware and LucasArts. The online game is based on the work of George Lucas’ big screen movie, Star Wars.
Star Wars the Old Republic features two main allegiance which are the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire. The Galactic Republic is mainly represented and protected by the Jedi Order. Together they have succeeded in defeating enemies, including the Sith Empire during the Great Hyperspace War. The Dark Emperor has however recovered from the defeat and rebuilt the Empire, fueled by vengeance against the Republic and the Jedi Order.
Factions in SWTOR refers to more than just these two great powers but also the smaller alliances that come together throughout the galaxy. These include those such as multi-planet economic coalitions, fleets of space-faring nomads and interstellar crime syndicates. Through various means such as military fire power, underworld activities or political manipulations, these SWTOR factions have grown in power and influence.
Going back to the main factions in Star Wars the Old Republic. The Jedi Order, the protectors of the Republic are in fact diplomats and have been active for over twenty two thousand years. The Jedi’s ultimate enemy is the Sith Empire. During the Great War, the Empire has created a scar within the order with the memory of the death of thousands of Jedi. Ever since, the Dark lord has started seeking children who are in-tuned with the Force and trained them in the dark arts to do the Empire’s bidding.
With the opposing faction now making use of the Force, the Jedi Order needed to strengthen themselves and find a new balance. They have thus returned to their home, Tython. The return to Tython has however been welcomed with mysterious energies surrounding the Tythonian ruins and the return of the previously suppressed darkness. Mysterious energies are felt within the ruins in Tython.
The other faction, the SWTOR Sith Lords is a group of some of the most brutal leaders of the Sith Empire. These Sith Lords work together with the Sith Emperor to devise plans to destroy the Galactic Republic in revenge for the humiliations of defeat in past wars. The Sith Lords’ main objective besides killing off the Jedi is the recruitment and training of novice acolytes in order to further increase the powers of the Empire’s military force. The Sith Lords are hard at work to make sure that when the next battle against the Jedi comes, they will attack with full force and this round, there will be no mercy.