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At the end of Chapter 1 of Sith Inquisitor's class quest line, before Zash (the blond Sith) tries to perform the ritual on Dromund Kass, she says she doesn't want Andronikos Revel to be present, but that Khem Val is okay. Why would she say that? Given the peculiar character of the ritual and Khem's connection to the force, wouldn't it be smarter for her to ask for Andronikos to be present instead?

I realize why Khem has to be present from the writer's perspective, but I'm looking for an in-universe explanation of what Zash said.

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A little more context would go along way here. What class? What planet? –  Raven Dreamer Dec 23 '11 at 2:28
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@NickT Because not everyone remembers every character's name. Pureblood Sith could just as well be "One of those Red Guys". Why should I have to justify a request for more detail? –  Raven Dreamer Dec 23 '11 at 2:50
    
@RavenDreamer, some more info added. –  svick Dec 23 '11 at 8:11

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From what I've been able to gather this was an attempt by Zash to both take your body and gain access to Khem Val as her servant in doing so.

As it seems she is afraid the ritual may disrupt the bond between you and Khem, causing it not to serve her, if he is not present during the time the ritual is performed and still bound to serve your body. This would also be why she did not want andronikos present as he would not end up bound to serve her in your body and would simply flee or attack openly instead.

Before the battle aswell, she claimed that the bond between you and Khem Val was strong. The Dashade could be a useful ally.

I'm not sure if this is exactly what you were asking or not, but either way I hope it's helpful to you or anyone else following up on this article.

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Latter in the saga, after the big fight with Darth Zash, you find that Zash had gathered the bones of Tulak Hord and was keeping them to use against you and Khem as a kind of "backup plan" if you tried to stop the body swap or something else went wrong. She also thinks she can use them to defeat or control Khem if he tries stop the ritual. Max out affection with Khem Val and he will spark a quest on Hoth that explains this.

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