OUT OF CHARACTER INFORMATION
- Intent: An achievement for Tehkyram
- Links: The Rot of Heresy
- Media Name: To Oblivion (First Edition)
- Format: Initially published in print, later published as holobook.
- Distribution: Inter-planetary (Sith Empire)
- Length: Medium
- Description: A collection of free verse poems.
- Author: Tehkyram
- Publisher: Privately published among the Brotherhood of the Sith, later received wider distribution
- "Both disturbing and promising, To Oblivion connects with a rich tradition of Sith nihilist philosophy clearly sourced from throughout history... ...a fascinating and relevant must-read." -Flavius Demici, Sith-Imperial Historic Conservation Society Board Member.
- "In between ecstatic decadence and brutal nihlist minimalism, Tehkyram demonstrates an excellent range, transforming emotional anguish into pure power... ...the most ambitious if not the greatest debut work in modern Sith literature." -Alana Khel, Overseer of the Great Sith-Imperial Library
- "Profoundly degenerate in its rejection of the living will to power... ...largely self-indulgent borderline-heretical waste." -Khan Baize, Professor of Literature at the Royal Academy of Bastion
The first edition of To Oblivion is a collection of 16 free-verse poems, structured in a way that almost resembles prosaic essays. The poems are written primarily in basic, but show a strong degree of influence from ancient dialects and languages. Tehkyram's work draws both from his own lived experiences as a slave (such as the plague of Dxun) and Sith (such as the obliteration of Munto City during the Siege of Commenor), as well as the historical precedent of Sith poets of antiquity such as Darth Emeriessence, Darth Nihlus*, Lord Meiham, and Darth Urungwarus. The poems all incorporate either a pervading misanthropic nihilism, a romantic fixation on death and non-existence, or both. Tehkyram fuses the themes to create an overarching thesis, that life is aberrant and horrific and mass extinction is the only sane solution to the problems of existence. As such, the poetry can be seen as a larger treatise on the nature of destruction and the idea of the Sith as grand cosmic destroyers.
*Still historically disputed
The first edition of To Oblivion was written during the Sith reclamation of Vjun. As the invasion commenced, Tehkyram roamed the barren planet and meditated on both the dead world and the death surrounding him as he walked. In doing so, he hand-wrote the 16 initial poems of To Oblivion on pieces of leather vellum. Following the invasion's conclusion, Tehkyram would take his collected work to fellow Sith for review and publication.
Initial reception was mixed-to-positive: The majority of critics enjoyed its fusion of looking towards the past and future, as well as strong mastery over the language. Yet the ultimate conclusion of Tehkyram's unorthodox philosophy proved to be unsettling, and many critics accused him of outright heresy. The outcry was enough for the Imperial censors to give the text another look, yet no explicit heresy against the Sith could be found, the author vindicated of all charges before they could be pressed.
Edited by Tehkyram, 01 April 2019 - 08:58 PM.