Darth Malak was a Human male born on Quelii who took the mantle of Dark Lord of the Sith during the Jedi Civil War. Before taking the name Malak, Alek Squinquargesimus, nicknamed Squint, was a famed Jedi Knight and military commander. During the Mandalorian Wars, Squinquargesimus gained a reputation as a headstrong warrior who would recklessly charge into danger. He befriended the Jedi Padawan Zayne Carrick, whom he assisted in defeating the Jedi Covenant shortly before taking the name "Malak." He eventually drew closer and closer to the dark side, ultimately being seduced by Sith teachings imparted to him by his closest friend, Revan. After the final battle of the Mandalorian Wars at the Sith planet Malachor V, the two twisted the allegiance of the Revanchists and the Republic forces under their command, building the foundations of what would eventually become a new Sith Empire.
In his role as Revan's chosen apprentice, Darth Malak helped his Master track down the Star Maps, devices that led to the Star Forge, an ancient superweapon built by the Rakata. A year after Revan and Malak disappeared from known Republic space into the Unknown Regions, they returned and declared war on the Republic, determined to end the "tyranny" of the Jedi Order. At one point under Darth Revan's tutelage, Malak's entire jaw was removed by a lightsaber strike from Revan himself, forcing Malak to wear a large metal prosthesis. After the Jedi dispatched a strike team to capture Revan and Malak, the latter betrayed his Master, ordering the guns of his flagship to fire on Revan's vessel. Convinced that his Master had died, Malak usurped Revan's mantle of Dark Lord and ruled the Sith unchallenged, brutally conquering territory after territory. He even took an apprentice of his own, a former Jedi named Darth Bandon.
It would not be long until Malak was proven wrong about his belief that Revan was dead. The next year, Malak intercepted the Jedi Knight Bastila Shan and an amnesiac Revan, whose identity as the Dark Lord had been replaced with an identity that was loyal to the Republic by the Jedi Council. After Malak told Revan of his former ide