Torr VIII was the son of Torr VII, elected Imperial Sovereign in Year 3750 of the New Shi'ar Calendar by the Imperial Council. Unlike his father, Torr VIII supported the goals of the Fist of the Shi'ar People, and under his reign the Imperial Guard was far more aggressive in waging war and conquest on behalf of the New Shi'ar Imperium.

In Year 4102, he was assassinated by a dissident Shi'ar who felt the Imperium had become to racist and warlike.