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Cronal, also known by the names Blackhole and Shadowspawn, is a character from the Legends continuity of the Star Wars universe. He served as one of the personal assassins of Emperor Palpatine and later became Director of Imperial Intelligence. Before he served the Empire, he was a member of the Prophets of the Dark Side.

Adept at divination, Cronal was recruited by Emperor Palpatine to serve the Galactic Empire. He abandoned himself to his meditations in the dark side, becoming withdrawn, physically frail, and paranoid. Considered Palpatine's "monster-maker," Cronal was responsible for the creation of several Sithspawn and other devices of Sith alchemy. As time passed, Cronal withdrew further, growing steadily more mad as the dark side consumed him. After being exiled during the Galactic Civil War, Cronal returned as a warlord, and took the name of Shadowspawn. With a cadre of the Emperor's Royal Guards and a legion of shadow stormtroopers at his disposal, Shadowspawn laid waste to worlds of the New Republic. He and his splinter Imperial faction blazed a path of death and destruction, committing acts of piracy, terrorism, and mass slaughter. Conquering the Inner Rim, the warlord established his base of operations on the world of Mindor. The New Republic, responding to the threat of Shadowspawn, sent the newly appointed General Luke Skywalker after him, starting a campaign that resulted in a substantial loss of life. Planning a trap for Skywalker on Mindor, Shadowspawn was defeated during the ensuing battle, where he perished. However, through means of the Force, he revived himself and later served the reborn Palpatine.

After Palpatine's final death, Cronal went missing. Some of his forces would serve under Carnor Jax. He later re-surfaced on the planet Andooweel in an attempt to rebuild his power base. He was unsuccessful and was ultimately killed by Luke Skywalker.

           Star Wars Legends Villains

Galactic Alliance Guard
Darth Caedus | Tahiri Veila

Galactic Empire
Armand Isard | Baron Merillion Tarko | Carnor Jax | Natasi Daala | Ozzik Sturn | Rom Mohc | Sarkli | Sate Pestage | Trioculus | Ysanne Isard | Faie

One Sith
Leader: Darth Krayt
Sith Lords: Darth Azard | Darth Havok | Darth Luft | Darth Maladi | Darth Nihl | Darth Rauder | Darth Reave | Darth Ruyn | Darth Stryfe | Darth Talon | Darth Wyyrlok I | Darth Wyyrlok II | Darth Wyyrlok III | Darth Vurik | Darth Wredd | Saarai | Vul Isen
Soldiers: Darth Krayt's Sith Troopers | Morlish Veed

Prophets of the Dark Side
Cronal | Darth Millennial | Jedgar | Kadann | Sariss

Sith and Dark Jedi
Abeloth | Ajunta Pall | Aleema Keto | Alema Rar | Azrakel | Brotherhood of Darkness | Dark Apprentice | Dark Underlord | Darth Andeddu | Darth Bane | Darth Cognus | Darth Desolous | Darth Gean | Darth Gravid | Darth Guile | Darth Homiiz | Darth Karnage | Darth Morias | Darth Phobos | Darth Plagueis | Darth Ramage | Darth Rivan | Darth Ruin | Darth Scabrous | Darth Simi | Darth Vectivus | Darth Venamis | Darth Zannah | Desann | Exar Kun | Freedon Nadd | Galen Marek | Jerec | Joruus C'baoth | Kazdan Paratus | Komari Vosa | Lumiya | Luuke Skywalker | Mara Jade | Maris Brood | Reborn | Rugess Nome | Sarcev Quest | Skere Kaan | Tavion Axmis | Ulic Qel-Droma | Unidentified Sith Master (Dxun) | X1 | Xanatos | XoXaan

Yuuzhan Vong
Mezhan Kwaad | Nas Choka | Nen Yim | Nom Anor | Onimi | Peace Brigade | Shimrra Jamaane | Tsavong Lah

Other
Burbakker Teep | Chop'aa Notimo | Drexl Roosh | Durga the Hutt | Gardulla the Elder | Gault Rennow | Gorog | Granta Omega | Groff Haugg | Hanharr | Jenna Zan Arbor | Kleef | Meeko Ghintee | Montross | Prince Xizor | Thrackan Sal-Solo | Zorba the Hutt | Lord Starkiller