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- "We Special Operations Knights must put our own personal feelings aside in service of the Emperor. We must believe and know that every action We do is the will of the Emperor, and We must believe and know that the Emperor's will is for the betterment of the Galaxy. And We must know that some changes for good, have to be brought about by actions that many would deem as horrible from some stand point. The Special Operations Knight must be willing to do horrible things, to make better worlds. Must know we are monsters, but to know that We are the monsters that are helping shape a better world. Even if it isn't for us monsters to live in. Otherwise We would be no better than the Sith or a Dark Jedi."
- —Norn Dukai
Imperial Special Operation Knights often called Shadow Knights were Imperial Knights given training as Special Operation Troopers in addition to their normal Imperial Knight training. Where a Knight was his Hand. A Shadow Knight was His eyes, ears, hands, and will. They went one missions where the skill set of a normal Knight would just not suffice.
An Imperial Special Operation Knight's duties made them in essence, the Emperor's spies, assassins, and observers. They would go on secret missions to obtain data, remove obstacles, kill political, economical, and other forms of individuals who threatened the Emperor and the Empire. But one of their Most important was to operate in secret as Special Operations troopers within the Stormtrooper corp and Imperial Army and report to the Emperor directly on the actions, trends, and moral of the troops. They were Warriors, Knights, Guards, Spies, Assassins, and Liaison officers all at once.
The Special Operations Armor of Imperial Special Operation Knights reflected their nature and duty to the Emperor. Where a Knight was his Emperor's Hands, a SpecOps Knight was his Eyes, Ears, Hands, and an extension of his will. They operated much like the Shadow Guards of the past. Unlike normal Knight Armor, the entire SO armor is lightsaber resistant, and also unlike the Knight Armor, the Gauntlet lacks the proper material weave to disrupt a lightsabers operation.