I've gone over the primary inspirations for Tarlus/Nox's character in the past but I've refined my ideas a bit while adding in new ones. I'll make this quick.
>Big Sith Rule of Two
"Was getting your backstory copied part of your plan?"
Jokes aside while there's a lot of similarities between Dessel and Tarlus' lives, (purposeful ones) they're distinct for a bunch of reasons because I'm not a plagiarist I'm an autist that cannibalizes ideas and adds his own spin to them.
Dessel? Indebted laborer miner man with a dead dad, big guy (ww) that's destined to become a Sith.
Tarlus? Debt slave mechanic/indiana jones tomb explorer/fight club hitman/retarded brawler that makes excuses for his violence.
They're similar in that they both are forced to work off a bullshit debt they inherited from their family, and have a dead dad, and could probably roll you into a bowling ball and kick you down a hill but that's besides the point. Bane is clearly a victim, of the company that took his freedom and of the assault on him that leads to the death of a Republic soldier and necessitates his fleeing, but Tarlus' victimhood ends with his family's imagined debt to the space mobsters they slighted when his mother blew the whistle on them. (It's a shame Onderon's witness protection program funding went to rebuilding Telos instead of protecting its people)
Bane doesn't start fights, he's ATTACKED by another miner, and then AMBUSHED by drunk idiots, Tarlus shows up to people's (well they're usually aliens, hard to call em people) doors with violent intent, Tarlus frequents slave brawls because causing pain makes his heart happy, Bane is a guy fucked over by the galaxy while Tarlus is a monster made by the misery shackled to his existence, but a cruel monster nonetheless.
Oh, and he's depressed. Not the mopey sad depressed just the spiteful, short-tempered feminine depressed that leads him to have shitty nightmares reliving his painful past that make him want to hurt people because he's a poorly adjusted retard.
Malgus' an obvious parallel for Tarlus, well Nox at that point, because SWTOR made him to be that.
Sith warrior? Check
Twi'lek waifu? Check
Big guy? Check
A part of the Sphere of Military Offense? Check
They've got a lot of superficial (and actual) similarities but Malgus is a calculating, nuanced, and vaguely noble warrior with a code of conduct and Tarlus'/Nox's a glorified hitman and space janitor for whoever his master is, and that fact remains the same for most of his life he can't fucking escape it. Baras uses him as a big pimp hand and middle finger, Vitiate uses him as a beating stick for anything dumb enough to say the Emperor's not just wearing no clothes but also is in fact trying to eat the galaxy. He's an executioner no matter where he is in his life, Tarlus-Nox-Wrath
I don't like the Revan book, saying anything else is me beating a dead horse.
Scourge and Nox are like brothers, no more like clones of eachother in different stages.
Scourge is the Emperor's Wrath, an executioner just like Nox will is/become, but he's a few steps ahead since he's got the goal of stopping Vitiate from giving the Galaxy a big ol' suck, where Nox is closer to the young Scourge in the Revan book before he learns of Vitiate's intentions, a glorified beat stick.
There's gonna be similar beats, Scourge arrives on Dromund Kaas and fights mercenaries hired by his employer, Baras does some similar shit, way later on Nox realizes the same thing Scourge does and fights to stop his old master, blah blah blah
Tl;dr for Scourge
>A more actualized version of Nox who actually has a goal beyond just killing whoever he's pointed at. Superficial similarities that are direct references to Scourge in the Revan book to forge the connection
Of course Maul's there, I like Maul and he's cool. But Tarlus' nothing like Maul's character. Maul is a controlled, extremely disciplined killing machine that's calm and collected on the outside while fighting tooth and nail with the category 10 hurricane inside all while giving 1000% of his effort into pleasing his master and doing everything correctly.
Nox's a hitman in the same vein as Maul, but where Maul is unflinchingly loyal Nox is loyal out of complacency opposed to actual reverence. Where Maul will willingly die put his lightsaber down his throat and activate it if Sidious said so, Nox'd have some second thoughts if Baras told him that it was a great idea.
Pre-Betrayal Nox is closer to Maul's antithesis, being a deranged hedonist with bloodshed on his mind and not much else, Post-Betrayal Nox is much closer to Maul because he's learned some degree of discipline and temperance after getting buried alive.
>Both are space hitmen for their masters and ultimately disposable tools, but have very different personalities, and where Maul is a perfectly honed blade that'll cut anything Sidious wants, Nox is a dirty bomb in a crawlspace planted there by Baras to vaporize anything he doesn't like
Running out of steam a little here, want to talk about sith culture not character garbage
This is a new one. I watched TPM and decided that the Anakin showed in TPM can be bent and molded to fit my needs.
Little Anakin has a bit in common with Tarlus, a slave working for a sleazy alien that's good at fixing things and is generally regarded as high-value by his master but still a slave.
Anakin wants to be a pilot so he can take his mother and fly away, and even builds a podracer in his backyard.
Tarlus wants to take his mom and escape the shitty life they have, and even has bits to make a shitty speeder bike, just not enough bits.
And this next part fits better with Luke but I'm still putting it here anyways, where Luke looks up to the twin suns and wants to get away from the claustrophobic existence of being a water farmer, looking out at the SUNS with hope, Tarlus never looks out at the suns, instead the moons of Onderon that are his companions. Where Luke and Anakin live in the day, with dreams of adventure and hearts full of hope, Tarlus' stuck in the dark, he lives the nightmares that plague his dreams and when he looks to the heavens like the protagonists of the 6 movies do it isn't the suns he sees, just the cold abyss staring back.
This changes when he's given a chance to escape his bonds and free his family, for once his chapters don't take place at dusk or night but in the bright day, and even this gets turned on its head when he races the setting sun to the burning slavetown he called his home and finds his family dead. (Similar to how Anakin in AoTC rides a speeder to the muslims at dusk and finds his mother dead at night)
I'm done rambling for now
Tarlus is little Anakin if Qui-Gon never found him, only if Anakin was a very spiteful and bitter person who hated not having control over his life and a talent for violence. Oh and Tarlus' not a pilot, just a mechanic.