Despite this, Ferrier's actions soon had repercussions as Mazzic and Ellor launched a guerrilla attack on the Bilbringi Shipyards which destroyed a half-completed Star Destroyer. The Rebels fought better than either Jerec or Thrawn expected but were ultimately defeated. He, therefore decided to make his promotion to Grand Admiral official, with Thrawn formally taking Zaarin's place among the twelve. After Jade rejected Parck's offer to join the Empire of the Hand and sabotaged their ships to prevent them contacting the Empire, she and Skywalker returned to explore the hidden section of the fortress. Even so, the Rebel bombers succeeded in taking out the Grey Wolf's shields before the Rebel assault was ultimately defeated,[41] ensuring that they would not acquire TIE Defenders. However, the unexpected presence of Lando Calrissian on the Millennium Falcon provided the New Republic with a way to foil Thrawn's plan. Thrawn's suspicion was proved correct but, though a Nami vessel was captured during the exchange, Tarrak was not aboard. The prince also survived, and finally became king of Mon Calamari, to claim his rightful place. [3] While at Bilbringi, he also had one of the shipyard's Golan II defense platforms fitted with a cloaking device, though his plan for the station remained unclear even after the cloaked station was rediscovered several years later during the Yuuzhan Vong War. He would die of old age in 29 ABY and be remembered as a great military leader. To this end, while Palpatine addressed naval commanders on Coruscant, Thrawn accompanied a fleet under the command of Darth Vader in an assault on a Rebel space station near a planet in the Outer Rim. [9] The Imperial Army also received attention from the Grand Admiral with a revitalization program aimed at recruiting and preparing troops for the campaign ahead. His gamble proved correct when the Republic fleet fell into the trap. [29], After Zaarin's death, Palpatine sent Thrawn back into the Unknown Regions one more time to continue his mapping mission. [7], Believing that only a unified galaxy could resist the numerous threats in the Unknown Regions, such as the Far Outsiders whom the Chiss had already encountered, Thrawn forged a network of alliances with native species and colonies in the area. Upon seeing what could be accomplished when their species worked together, Ackbar and Tels pledged their combined peoples to the Alliance. [14], Six months after the Battle of Yavin, Ackbar returned to Dac to meet with the Mon Calamari Council and convince them to back the Rebellion.[source? Thrawn was able to surprise Zann by firing a hidden hypervelocity gun at his ships. [9], Thrawn did believe that a society of multiple species, with different viewpoints and philosophies, was inherently unstable. The Empire's leadership fragmented as warlords such as Grand Vizier Sate Pestage, Director of Imperial Intelligence Ysanne Isard, and Admiral Zsinj fought for personal power. After Horm decided to sell to the New Republic, Quenton tried to take the painting by force. [7] In their initial meeting, the Emperor attempted to provoke a reaction from Thrawn by demonstrating his distaste at the alien's presence. Thrawn's suspicions were enough for him to order a thorough search of Khabarakh's shuttle, revealing Wookiee hairs above the ship. When Thrawn didn't respond, the Aristocra ordered Ar'alani to place him in custody. Zaarin, meanwhile, moved his forces to the Outer Rim to prepare for further attacks against the Empire. However, in Thrawn's absence, the battle went against the Empire and resulted in the loss of the Peremptory before the Judicator withdrew—a loss Thrawn blamed on C'baoth for delaying him. For the first few months following the battle, Ackbar rebuilt and expanded his fleet, preparing it for the eventual wresting of most Galactic territory from the Empire. Tarkin accepted the gift,[17] and in 5 BBY,[18] Ackbar was assigned to Tarkin as a valet–a slave in all but name. The Grand Admiral remained in the Unknown Regions around the time of the Battle of Endor, which saw the death of Palpatine and the subsequent breakdown of the Empire under rival warlords. Though Harkov was swiftly brought to justice, while Darth Vader was tracking down the remnants of his fleet, Grand Admiral Demetrius Zaarin, head of new starfighter technology, launched a coup d'état against the Emperor. While the confrontation continued on the bridge, eight of the Ebruchi fighters broke formation and jumped to hyperspace on different vectors to summon the rest of the pirates for the kill. Eye color As the Rebels proceeded to open fire at the retreating stormtroopers, PROXY took Tarkin's figure and led the stormtroopers away from the real Moff. Holding off the Imperials despite heavy damage, the Galactic Voyager was nearly destroyed when Callista Ming sabotaged the Knight Hammer and New Republic reinforcements arrived, dramatically turning the tide of the battle. Despite being offered by then current Supreme Commander Sien Sovv to retake control of the military, Ackbar declined, choosing to take on a consultative role. Resealing the boxes, Horn instructed the others to take only those two to Crisk and hide the rest in the Dewback Storage Warehouse outside Coronet City—if he and "Kast" failed to return, they could use them as leverage to make Crisk mount a rescue, or ransom the prisoners from Thyne. Nevertheless, while Ackbar assembled his forces he kept in communication with the commander of the Bakuran fleet, Admiral Hortel Ossilege, who was aiding the New Republic and providing vital support in the Corellian system. With the pirate's main staging area neutralized, Thrawn took the Stalwart to the system, escorting the convoy carrying the equipment for the new installation. [27], In 1.5 ABY, Captain Thrawn was stationed at the Emperor's Retreat on the planet Naboo. Mitth'raw'nuruodo, better known by his core name Thrawn (pronounced /Thräwn/), and misinterpreted as Mitthrawdo by Vicelord Siv Kav, was a male Chiss who served in the naval forces of the Galactic Empire and became the only alien Grand Admiral. However, Thrawn had studied Zaarin and was counting on the renegade's hatred of him to provide them with the time they needed—while Zaarin was distracted attempting to kill Thrawn, the Grey Wolf would have time to arrive and prevent the capture of the Vorknkx. Thrawn's apparent return undermined Pellaeon's position as Supreme Commander and Imperial forces soon began to rally around the Grand Admiral. [5], Leaving the Keeper to guard the Darkvenge, Thrawn took the Springhawk back to Crustai to meet the returning Admiral Ar'alani. Their attacks followed a consistent pattern, which Thrawn was easily able to counteract, and the commander concluded that they were undermanned and not prepared for a fight—he decided that he would personally lead a boarding party to the Vagaari ship. Ackbar continued to lead the New Republic fleet and later approved a new squadron proposal by Antilles, which became Wraith Squadron, under the condition that if the squadron did not perform satisfactorily that Wedge would accept promotion to General. There the warlord sabotaged Chimaera's systems and had the large ship set on a collision course with the Golan station protecting the capital planet Poln Major. However, he warned that Chaf'orm'bintrano was on his way with vessels of the Fifth Ruling Family and may see things differently. [7] Ackbar also defended the core of the Home One with the help of X2. The Chimaera arrived and fired on the submersible casino, forcing it to the surface and allowing them to capture Hoffner. Two items of technology contained in the storehouse particular interested Thrawn[9]—the schematics to a practical cloaking device developed as part of the Vorknkx Project[53] and at least 20,000 Spaarti cloning cylinders. However, Tyber and his fleet managed to destroy Thrawn's forces thanks to the use of the newest Aggressor-class Star Destroyers. [41] Thrawn too rushed to the Emperor's aid in the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Vanguard. Thrawn hailed the aliens, hiding their true purpose by identifying the Admonitor as an Alderaanian colony ship, and received a response from the Ebruchi Creysis, who claimed to be the ruler of the system. This was due in part to feeling the Republic was stable, but also due to the fact that he had no desire to play politics with the incoming Chief of State, Borsk Fey'lya. When Separatist troublemaker Riff Tamson began advising the Quarren to take up arms, Ackbar requested an envoy from the Republic come to Dac to help steer the troubled planet away from an inevitable war. Thrawn was curious about the Rebels' elaborate disguises and willingness to destroy the painting rather than let it fall into his hands and ordered that they be captured so he could learn their true identities and the painting's significance. Two of the squad went with Brunk to verify her claim but Thrawn and the others remained in the lobby where the sergeant once more questioned Keesa, saying that he knew Brunk was lying and that Keesa could keep her employer from getting hurt by helping them. [20], Thrawn did not spend all his time around the Core Worlds and made substantial efforts to explore the Unknown Regions. Once there, PROXY, an Imperial droid designed with Hologram technology, disguised himself as Evir Derricote, commander of the 181st Imperial Fighter Wing. This was perhaps best exemplified in a pair of incidents surrounding the tractor beam control pit. Thrawn hailed the Trade Federation fleet in Basic, hoping to gauge their reactions—there was no response and Thrawn repeated his message for ten minutes before he was contacted by the task force's commander, who introduced himself as Commander Stratis. Using his stolen comlink to initiate communications jamming to mask the sound of his attack, Thrawn used explosives to kill a stormtrooper in order to study his armor. After making his way back to the Admonitor, six hours later than intended but having completed his objectives, Thrawn was visited by Darth Vader. [41] Thrawn, aboard the Victory-class Star Destroyer Stalwart, traveled to a cargo area near Argoon to retrieve the material needed for the construction of a new Imperial space station. After arriving in the Coruscant system, the Imperials quickly destroyed a relay station to prevent the Republic calling for the Coruscant Sector Fleet. The New Republic attempted to hide the truth while they conducted an investigation, with Fey'lya taking over negotiations until a replacement for Stern could arrive. Unknown to the captain, as well as General Haverel, Thrawn too held suspicions and was already planning to ascertain the Ebruchi's true intentions, as well as ascertain the loyalty of his senior officers. Surviving an assassination attempt at the hands of a brainwashed aide, Ackbar observed the Wraith's considerable success against Zsinj and declared that Wedge had won the bet. Though Thrawn was not yet prepared for a lengthy blockade or invasion of the Republic capital, he developed a strategy that would essentially take the world out of the war, with minimal risk to Imperial forces. Ackbar assembled a team to take care of the general, who was being escorted by a large number of unarmed, rookiee stormtroopers. [5], However, Thrawn was not happy with the outcome of the battle. After getting hooked on playing World of Warcraft with his buds, he co-wrote, co-directed, and voiced several characters in a fan-made online radio play. On Vandor-3, the lowly Ackbar City was named after Admiral Ackbar, much to the disgust of military folk who respected him, like Wraith Squadron member Voort saBinring. He hailed Outbound Flight every five minutes for half an hour, finally getting a response from Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth, the leader of the expedition, who agreed to let Thrawn board his ship to talk. Along with eight TIE Defenders, the attack resulted in the capture of several prisoners and led the Empire to the location of Tarrak's TIE Defender manufacturing facility. The group gave chase but the caretaker's knowledge of the garden allowed him to escape. [5], Thrawn did not fully escape the consequences of his actions. Parck quickly ordered the first comlink's circuit shut down, unaware that Thrawn had the second, still functional comlink. The funniest 'Star Wars' jokes about Luke, Han, Darth Vader, Leia, and all your favorites. However, it would be nearly six years before Palpatine was strong enough to re-emerge openly, and meanwhile the New Order quickly spiralled into chaos. Thrawn suggested that the two Bromstaad Mercenary guards take positions on either side of the door to cut down the intruders in a cross fire. However, it was Flim who would serve as the focal point for the plot by impersonating Thrawn himself. To Creysis, Thrawn offered an apology for intruding and explained that they were seeking a home for the ship's 40,000 colonists. Only Moff Vilim Disra actively opposed peace, forming a triumvirate with a con artist called Flim and the clone of Major Grodin Tierce in a bid to prevent it. Gial Ackbar alongside Jedi Generals Kit Fisto and Anakin Skywalker. After removing the pilot's body from his flight suit, Thrawn hid the body and stole the comlink from the helmet in order to eavesdrop on the visitors. Upon reaching the Hutt wing, the Imperials came under fire from the waiting Rebels, who caught the sergeant and troopers in a crossfire and forced Thrawn to take cover. [11], On 2:9:13 ABY, Cynabar's InfoNet reported that the Grand Admiral had been recalled to Coruscant after several years commanding an armada in border systems on the Outer Rim, presumably a cover for his true mission to the Unknown Regions. [3], Thrawn, unaware of events on Wayland, arrived at Bilbringi where he had the fleet take positions to trap the New Republic fleet as their Interdictors forced it out of hyperspace. [39], Thereafter, Thrawn developed a plan to uncover the location of the Rebel Alliance's newest base: the Empire would disrupt the Alliance's supply network by displacing or capturing the free traders and smugglers who ran most of the Alliance's cargo. If, however, he were to remain an active Defense Fleet officer, he would present the gravity well projector to them instead. However, after the Chimaera locked a tractor beam on the starfighter, Skywalker acted quickly to reverse-trigger his acceleration compensator, bringing the ship to a stop, and simultaneously fire a proton torpedo which was instead snared by the tractor beam. He ordered his starfighters to jump to hyperspace on a course that took them through the target's gravity well, bringing them back to normal space near their objective. By the morning, Barris wanted to withdraw commence orbital bombardment, but Parck wanted the smugglers alive and ordered the search to continue, dispatching stormtroopers to assist. Eventually, the medical team revealed the likely cause of death—several large wounds on the body, most likely caused by a vibropike and enlarged after death by the beetles. After Thrawn left Honoghr, Leia Organa had been able to prove that the Empire was deceiving the Noghri—making it appear that they were helping to clean their world, while actually ensuring their perpetual service—and the Noghri had pledged themselves to serve the Republic. The cloning cylinder was set to a ten-year cycle and, while those who served under him were unaware of his clone's existence, Thrawn informed them that, should he ever be reported dead, they should continue their operations and wait for his return ten years later. [67], Occasionally, Thrawn's Grand Admiral uniform is depicted without the gold epaulets, such as in the The Last Command comic series,[68] Reflections II,[69] The Essential Guide to Characters,[70] The New Essential Guide to Characters,[1] Imperial Entanglements[71] or The Force Unleashed Campaign Guide. The newcomers introduced themselves and explained that they were seeking jobs with Crisk and, having overheard Trell talking about him, were hoping to accompany the group to make contact with him. [8], With the Sith Lord's help, Esva's Eastern Fleet was utterly destroyed, but in the confusion of the battle the Rebel team, which had been on Poln Minor evacuated with a selection of equipment Ferrouz had set up for them on the smaller planet, as per Esva's earlier instructions. [30], Though Jade appeared to agree, Thrawn's casual betrayal convinced her that the Empire she once loved was dead and she resolved to find Skywalker and enlist his help in rescuing Karrde. Many historians, however, suggested that the New Republic was about to be defeated, and Pellaeon later remembered that he and his commander were about to summon additional reinforcements from nearby Imperial controlled areas when Rukh had betrayed them. Terence McGovern voiced the character in Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance, Peter McConnell in Star Wars: Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader, Chris Cox in Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike, Tom Kane in Star Wars: Battlefront, and Edmund Dehn in Star Wars: Empire at War. Thrawn quickly had the holographic footage edited to implicate the Rebels in Slui-Koronar's murder and had 15,000 credits deposited in Stern's account, supposedly from the Sluissi. 83 kilograms[4] With the cloning operation underway, Thrawn had the Imperial shipyards at Bilbringi, Ord Trasi and Yaga Minor increase production to provide ships for the newly created clones,[3] some of whom would boost the depleted ranks of the stormtroopers under Thrawn's control. 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