So who are the villains in The High Republic? They’re a group of beings called the Nihil.
If their name reminds you of the word nihilistic, you’re right on target. Nihilistic means “rejecting all religious and moral principles in the belief that life is meaningless.” There is no right or wrong.
When you have no morals and believe life is meaningless, I imagine you can take it to an extreme and put no value on life itself–and easily take life with no compunction. That’s scary. It’s anarchy; it’s chaos.
The Nihil are not a race, but a group of beings with a similar creed. “You can’t take it with you, but I can take it from you.” Yikes. They are anarchistic marauders; “punk rock vikings;” they remind me of some Mad Max baddies, actually.
Justina Ireland, author of the middle grade book “The New Republic: A Test of Courage” puts it this way: “It’s like Sid Vicious taking over the Galaxy.” Yikes.
There are three divisions of the Nihil, called Tempests, each with a captain. I’m not sure if these are competing factions, or simply different “tribes”, so to speak. There is also a being named “Marchion Ro”, who is the “Eye of the Nihil.” No idea what this means, or what his function is, but it will be interesting to see.
So I think some fans might be a little bummed that there are no Sith involved in these tales (though they certainly exist, they’re just in hiding, of course), but these guys are almost (almost) scarier. They seem brutal and violent and unpredictable. The Sith, at least, believed in order from chaos (lawful evil), whereas the Nihil are simply chaos (chaotic evil). And who knows? Maybe the Sith are pulling some strings from the shadows, manipulating events in their sithy way.
So I think these guys are going to be formidable villains, worthy of our Jedi heroes. What do you think? Comment below and we’ll talk about it!