During New Year Fete Week two years before the Battle of Yavin, Emperor Palpatine created the rank of Grand Admiral and promoted twelve of his top servants to the position. Reporting directly to Palpatine himself, they were to be the zenith of the Imperial Navy rank structure, and there could be no more than twelve of them at any one time. However, one of them (Zaarin) committed treason, and in his place the infamous Thrawn finally gained official recognition as Grand Admiral, the thirteenth to hold the rank. Later, long after the death of Palpatine, Admiral Gilad Pellaeon's position as leader of the Imperial Remnant military was recognized with a promotion to this rank, thus becoming the last Grand Admiral.
Grand Admirals were easily recognized by their stark white uniforms and gold-braided epaulets. These epaulets were removable, presumably to make the uniform more comfortable in less formal situations; Thrawn often went without them, as can be seen in the Thrawn Trilogy comics from Dark Horse, and the Grand Admiral Thrawn CCG card from Decipher.
This is a compilation of all the information on the Imperial Grand Admirals I have been able to locate. Due to bandwidth limitations and other reasons, I've chosen not to add pictures of them all, but such pictures can be found here. Be aware that there are spoilers for many of the works referenced, especially the Thrawn Trilogy, the Hand of Thrawn Duology, and much of the New Jedi Order. If anyone has additional information on the Grand Admirals, contact me.
Grand Admiral Batch, Martio
Low-profile Grand Admiral who worked for years aboard the Imdaar Alpha research station on cloaking devices for the Empire. He first developed a hibridium-based cloaking device, but faced with the drawback that this it left the subject as blind as it was invisible, he turned the Tarkin superlaser weapon on the planet Aeten II in the Dreighton nebula. Blasting the planet to bits freed up thousands of stygium crystals, which allowed him to recreate a once-common design for a cloaking device that relied on them to function. He requisitioned the Super Star Destroyer Terror to safeguard the invention, but Rebel saboteurs destroyed the Terror; her commander, Admiral Sarn; and the rest of Batch's work. Batch took the remnants of his forces to hide in the Outer Rim, but only a few months later his second in command, who was still loyal to the memory of Admiral Sarn, assassinated Martio Batch and took the remnants of the Grand Admiral's task force to the Deep Core to join Warlord Harrsk's faction. (SWI#66 46; EC 72; unpublished information from SWI#66 co-author Dan Wallace suggests that Batch's personal Star Destroyer was named the Meniscus.)
Grand Admiral Declann, Nial
Force-sensitive Grand Admiral. Nial Declann served aboard a Republic assault ship fighting secessionists during the Clone Wars, then later gained renown as an accomplished TIE pilot. His skill earned the attention of Palpatine's agents, who trained Declann on the Sith world of Dromund Kaas, home of Darth Millennial's Sith offshoot branch, the Prophets of the Dark Side. Declann completed his schooling there by murdering a captured Rebel with the Force. Declann became known for his mood swings and for his ability to enhance coordination between units under his command with his Force abilities. He was the only one of the four Grand Admirals aboard Death Star II who didn't escape its destruction, running to the Emperor's throne room upon sensing his master's death rather than fleeing the station. (SWI#66 46, WCDF#5; unpublished information from SWI#66 co-author Dan Wallace suggests that Declann's personal Star Destroyer was named the Recondite.)
Grand Admiral Grant
The so-called "Last Grand Admiral," predicted by his peers to be the first to perish in the chaos following the battle of Endor but ultimately surviving them all. A Tapani noble, Grant was enraged by the notorious pirate Reginald Barkbone, who sported a Tapani lightfoil captured during a raid in Grant's home sector. Grant's aristocratic upbringing left him with little care for the "working classes" of droids and aliens, and also resulted in him never bothering to curry favor with moffs; thus, he was left with no power base when the Emperor was killed. Grant hid in the Pentastar Alignment while his fellow Grand Admirals met their ends in attempted power grabs, finally defecting to the New Republic two years after Endor on the condition he be granted immunity to prosecution for war crimes and the right to retire to the planet Rathalay. Grant desired an opportunity to match skills with the alien Thrawn, but no one ever requested his services during the Chiss's campaigns against the New Republic. (SWI#66 47; EC 72; SWIO#89UA; unpublished information from SWI#66 co-author Dan Wallace suggests that Grant's personal Star Destroyer was named the Oriflamme.)
Grand Admiral Grunger, Josef
Untrustworthy Grand Admiral who aided Grand Admiral Takel's first officer in patrolling the Mandalore sector near Gargon for "albino skinned marauders," and who disabled the same officer's ship when he learned of the Emperor's death. Josef Grunger set up Gargon as his base of operations, and, through bullying and pulling rank, soon acquired a fleet of 30 Star Destroyers, 60 Strike cruisers, 100 Carrack cruisers, assorted other vessels, and the Super Star Destroyer Aggressor. He proclaimed himself to be the leader of the Empire shortly before the Trioculus affair, but once faced with the popularity of the former slavelord, he nominally agreed to back Trioculus if the latter received the Dark Blessing of the Prophets of the Dark Side. After the fall of Trioculus and the Central Committee of Grand Moffs, he moved his forces into the Corellian sector to stage a strike against Imperial Center. He ran straight into the forces of Grand Admiral Pitta, whose torpedo sphere decimated Grunger's fleet near Tralus. Rather than admit defeat, Grunger ordered the Aggressor to ram the sphere, destroying both. (SWI#66 47; GDV 20, 29; LCJ 29; EC 72)
Grand Admiral Il-Raz, Ishin
Fanatical Grand Admiral elevated to the rank in recognition for his political work, despite having no military skill or experience. Ishin-Il-Raz got his start as the spokesman for COMPOR (the Commission for the Preservation of the Republic); when that group was reorganized into COMPNOR, the Commission for the Preservation of the New Order, Il-Raz became the head of COMPNOR's Select Committee. In that position, he helped develop the core values of High Human Culture. He was eventually promoted to Grand Admiral for his founding work in COMPNOR and his contributions to High Human Culture. From the Star Destroyer Emperor's Disciple, Il-Raz hoped to earn more kudos from his Emperor with such missions as the Massacre of Myomar and the bombardment of Shalam. Following the death of Palpatine, Il-Raz became convinced his career had been destroyed. Despite support from fellow New Order fanatic Grand Admiral Syn, who even lent him his prized copy of Secrets of the Dark Side, Il-Raz became increasingly despondent. Eight months after the Battle of Endor, while reciting a mantra of Select Committee precepts, he ordered the Emperor's Disciple into the heart of the Denarii Nova, killing all aboard. (SWI#66 47; SWI#84 54; EC 72)
Grand Admiral Makati, Afsheen
Grand Admiral consumed with a burning hatred of Kadann, Supreme Prophet of the Prophets of the Dark Side. Afsheen Makati first encountered the dwarf Prophet on a mission under the command of "The Secret Order," an alternate name for the Prophets, to a Rebel base on Thila. In response to a mocking comment made by Makati's first officer regarding the Prophets' glittering robes, Kadann zapped Makati with Force-lightning for not reining in his subordinate. Later, after narrowly escaping the destruction of the second Death Star, Makati cast his lot with whomever held Imperial City - first Sate Pestage, then Ysanne Isard. When Kadann issued a prophecy granting himself effective control of the Empire, Makati requested and received permission from Isard to hunt down the upstart Prophet, a hunt he began by tracking down Kadann's student Azrakel through Imperial Intelligence files. After Kadann escaped entrapment in the Lost City of the Jedi, he returned to the Prophets' headquarters, Space Station Scardia, where he discovered the corpses of his fellow Prophets drifting in space. While aboard Scardia, Kadann heard Makati's voice come over the intercom, mocking the Supreme Prophet and his robes once more before killing him in a hail of turbolaser fire. Makati's triumph was short lived, however; shortly after ending the life of his old foe, he met his own end. Wedge Antilles was once involved in an information raid on Boudolayz library to obtain information on Makati. (SWI#66 47-48; VF 43; NEGC 210; unpublished information from SWI#66 co-author Dan Wallace suggests that Makati's personal Star Destroyer was named the Steadfast.)
Grand Admiral Pitta, Danetta
Bigoted Grand Admiral who covered up his own "impure" heritage (which included Etti and Borneck blood) with fervid intolerance so great that he made even COMPNOR personnel uncomfortable. Danetta Pitta occupied his time by scrutinizing the pedigrees of others in the New Order, and by kidnapping aliens in the Outer Rim with his three Imperial Dungeon Ships, the Apocahk, the Angrix, and the Azgoghk, and turning his captives into slaves or experimentation subjects. After the Battle of Endor, Pitta bribed the Corellian diktat to become the "protector" of the Corellian Sector. He acquired a torpedo sphere shortly thereafter, which almost immediately had to be put to use fighting off the invading Grand Admiral Grunger at the Battle of Tralus. After destroying most of Grunger's forces, Pitta lost his life when Grunger rammed the Super Star Destroyer Aggressor into the torpedo sphere, killing both warlords. (SWI#66 48; EC 72; unpublished information from SWI#66 co-author Dan Wallace suggests that Pitta's personal Star Destroyer was named the Impenetrable.)
Grand Admiral Syn, Peccati
Grand Admiral born into a family who followed the faith of the Sacred Way. After the Empire came and stripped religion from his world, Peccati Syn filled the spiritual void within him by dedicating himself to Palpatine's New Order. His dedication eventually earned him a promotion to Grand Admiral, which allowed him to skillfully root out Rebels from the bridge of his flagship Fi (High Galactic for "Son"). After Palpatine died, once again Syn was left with a spiritual void, which he this time filled with faith in the Church of the Dark Side, headed by the Prophets of the Dark Side, who prophesied Imperial victory and the return of Palpatine. While he officially supported Sate Pestage, his true loyalty was to the Prophets, and especially Prophetess Merilli, his personal spiritual advisor. Syn's operations near Kashyyyk were interrupted by New Republic forces under Admiral Ackbar, who outfought and vaporized the Grand Admiral in a superior show of tactics. (SWI#66 48; EC 72; NEGC 46; unpublished information from SWI#66 co-author Dan Wallace suggests that, at some point, the Star Destroyer Fi was renamed Silooth.)
Grand Admiral Takel, Miltin-Takel receives sanctuary with his brother, Griff Takel, the governor of Esseles, in order to pursue his depraved interests with impunity; in exchange, Griff gains access to Miltin's wide range of military contacts. (SWI#66 48; SWAJ#7 222)
Flamboyant, street-talking Grand Admiral from the planet Gargon. Takel had taste for hobnobbing and gossiping with the upper crust of Imperial society, as well as for spice and women (even women of other species, as a few courtiers close to Takel knew). (SWI#66 48)
-Takel presents Sergus Lanox, captain of the VSD Imperial Hazard, with the Distinguished Medal of Imperial Honor for "extreme heroism, and for not relinquishing [his] ship, even when faced with the latest and most heinous example of Rebel terrorism since the destruction of Alderaan." Takel appears to be unaware that there is more to this alleged "heroism" than is apparent. (SWAJ#10 186)
-Despite his issues, Miltin Takel possesses an excellent strategic sensibility, something he augments with the mind-reading abilities glitterstim spice provides. He is supplied his high-quality spice by Wendell Wright-Sims, a spice importer with express permission from Palpatine himself to provide only the best to Coruscant's elite. His spice habit gives him the edge he needs to achieve victory at the Siege of Trasemene. (SWI#66 48; SOTESB 68-69)
-Perhaps in recognition of his success at Trasemene, Takel makes an appearance on Coruscant with the Emperor and Darth Vader for New Year Fete Week approximately one year ABY. (SWAJ#5 254)
-Takel attends the gala celebrating the opening night performance of the Kallea Cycle, the famous Brentaal opera, in the former Senate chambers on Coruscant. He mingles with many of the Coruscanti elite attending the event, including Wendell Wright-Sims, who verifies he will be sending Takel a "package" the following week. (SOTESB 68-69)
-The people of Mandalore, rallied by Mandalorian supercommando Fenn Shysa, rise up against Takel's forces, whose territory includes the Mandalore sector. (SWI#80 30; after the death of Tobbi Dala, but presumably before Grunger's coup immediately following the Battle of Endor.)
-While aboard the second Death Star, Takel's glitterstim-enhanced senses let him notice Grand Admiral Declann's edginess, allowing him to flee in time to avoid the station's destruction. (SWI#66 48)
-Grand Admiral Grunger kills Takel's second officer and bullies Takel's forces out of the spice-producing world of Gargon in the Mandalore sector. (SWI#66 47-48)
-Takel attempts unsuccessfully to oust Grunger from Gargon, earning the ire of Ysanne Isard. He goes to the convocation of Grand Moffs on Kessel, where the Central Committee of Grand Moffs presents Trioculus as the Son of Palpatine. In a spice-induced haze, Takel somehow feels connected to the three-eyed slavelord, even after he is zapped by Trioculus's fraudulent "Lightening Power of the Dark Side." The feeling of connection was reinforced when Trioculus promises to deal with the upstart Grunger, but ultimately, Takel's questioning of Trioculus while on another spice binge leads to his almost casual execution by Grand Moff Hissa at Trioculus's unspoken order. (SWI#66 48-49, GDV 20-21, 24, 28-23)
-(Note that unpublished information from SWI#66 co-author Dan Wallace suggests that Takel's personal Star Destroyer was named the Magic Dragon.)
Grand Admiral Teshik, Osvald
Grand Admiral in charge of the Imperial Center Oversector (also called "Sector Zero"), stretching from Coruscant to Kiribi in the Colonies. One of the few Grand Admirals to demonstrate compassion, Osvald Teshik was nonetheless a dedicated Imperial officer. His forces included the Azure Hammer Command, a force consisting of the Super Star Destroyer Whelm and 57 other capital warships based at Anaxes; the famous Anaxes Citadel; and, ultimately, all other Imperial forces in Imperial Center Oversector. After the abduction of Imperial Advisor Coh Veshiv by the Nebulon-B frigate Far Orbit, Emperor Palpatine himself threatened Teshik with execution if he didn't deal with the privateers. When Teshik failed to do so, Palpatine made an example of him, sending him into battle with the Hapan war fleet with insufficient forces and materiel. Teshik was nearly killed, saved only by replacement of 75% of his body with cybernetic parts. Faced with relentless prejudice from those around him, Teshik cut himself off from his emotions, only rediscovering them when a construction worker rescued him from beneath a fallen column aboard Death Star II after countless other Imperials left the cyborg to die. He escaped the doomed space station to his Star Destroyer, the Eleemosynary, and fought the Rebels for a full three hours after the Imperial retreat was ordered. After his ship was disabled by relentless ion cannon bombardment, he was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death for "inhuman atrocities committed against the citizens of the galaxy," a charge that Teshik could only answer with harsh metallic laughter. (FOP 103; CCW 46-47; SWI#66 49)
Grand Admiral Tigellinus, Rufaan
Political opponent of Thrawn and major player in Imperial court politics in the period between the battles of Yavin and Hoth. His political successes and failures were popular reading in some of the NewsNets, thus making him one of the best known Grand Admirals besides Thrawn and Zaarin; however, knowing the propaganda and disinformation inherent in Imperial news, any or all of these stories may have been inaccurate . . .
-Grand Admiral Tigellinus, from the bridge of the Star Destroyer Avatar, pursues the notorious three-eyed freebooter Reginald Barkbone and his stolen Star Galleon, the Robber Baron, from the Colonies to the Outer Rim and back. He is witness to Barkbone's journey through the fire rings of Fornax, which ultimately drove the pirate mad. Tigellinus swears in his captain's log to "wipe Reginald Barkbone from the fabric of space forever," a log that later becomes part of a report to Grand Vizier Sate Pestage from Imperial Security Bureau officer Maximillian Seerdon. (SWIO#89UA)
-Grand Admiral Rufaan Tigellinus first comes to the attention of the NewsNets about a year after the Battle of Yavin, after he has forged a powerful faction and allied with Imperial NewsNets liaison Alec Pradeux and other major Imperial Advisors. He obtains the support of Moff Jamson Caglio in backing Tigellinus's protégé, Gerald Weizel, for Governor of Chandrila; this is a significant victory, since Caglio has been a longtime supporter of one of Tigellinus's opponents, Grand Moff Traeda. Tigellinus also courts, with indeterminate success, Traeda supporter Moff Disra (later famous for his role in the Hand of Thrawn affair) even though Disra is out of Palpatine's favor at the time. Shortly thereafter, Tigellinus is one of the Imperial Courtiers who officiates at the New Year Fete Week celebration in the Emperor's absence, alongside Traeda and others. (SWAJ#8 109, 117-118)
-Admiral Thrawn enters the political arena. Tigellinus, a believer in High Human Culture, becomes close to Thrawn with plans to betray the alien interloper. (SWI#66 49)
-Tigellinus becomes a member of the Order of the Canted Circle, one of Coruscant's most ancient and exclusive social organizations. His induction is noteworthy, since he is the 13th member in seven years (in an organization that averages 11 new members a decade), and since other, more politically established Imperials have been waiting for years to join. (SWAJ#9 264-265)
-Tigellinus is pleased to discover that Darth Vader, whom he considers a significant political rival, will be accompanying Ozzel's Death Squadron to the outer rim. On the other hand, rumors indicate he plays a major yet unsuccessful role in attempting to thwart the induction of Admiral Thrawn, another major opponent, into the Order of the Canted Circle. (SWAJ#12 115, 118-119)
-Thrawn leaves the Empire on an extended mission to the Unknown Regions, a mission which many believe is actually political fallout from Thrawn's meddling in court politics. Tigellinus, feeling that ruling an Oversector would provide a better fit than the broad duties of a Grand Admiral, brings his considerable political clout to bear and quickly becomes a Grand Moff. (SWI#66 49)
-Grand Moff Tigellinus butts heads with the alien Grand Moff Hissa, but Moff Disra helps Tigellinus gain control of the Oversector encompassing the vast Imperial Core Systems. (SWI#66 49)
-Not long before the Battle of Hoth, the Emperor instructs Tigellinus to investigate rumors that Brentaal's Governor, Jerrod Maclain, is exchanging favors and tax breaks for insider trading information from the Dajaal family, thus growing quite rich. Imperial observers are amazed that so prominent an Imperial Court personality would be dispatched as a criminal investigator, but Alec Pradeux makes a formal statement that such a selection shows the concern the Emperor has for the matter. (SWAJ#14 278-279)
-Following the Battle of Endor, a number of Grand Moffs band together in an effort to balance the political clout of Ysanne Isard on Coruscant, placing Grand Moff Hissa as the head of this Central Committee. Tigellinus's political savvy makes him a natural choice for this group, but his own precarious position allows Hissa to make a demeaning offer for his support. Tigellinus refuses, based on advice from his trusted friend, Moff Disra. Enraged, the Committee moves against Tigellinus and kills him, handing over the spoils of this victory to their newest member, Moff Disra. (SWI#66 49)
Grand Admiral Zaarin, Demetrius
The Grand Admiral in charge of TIE Fighter research and development, including the TIE Advanced and TIE Defender projects, Demetrius Zaarin was a research and design genius. He is likely the Grand Admiral that Imperial Advisor Coh Veshiv discovered was clandestinely diverting funds, as those funds were transferred by the perpetrator - at Palpatine's request, no less - to cover top-secret starfighter research. Zaarin obtained TIE hyperdrive technology from the Habeen. Ultimately, Zaarin was a traitor, and made plans to move against the Emperor even while he supported the latter's plans to capture the defecting Admiral Harkov. Reports of Grand Admiral Batch's breakthroughs in cloaking technology convinced him he had to move quickly, so he enlisted a disenchanted Emperor's Hand, Arden Lyn, to kidnap the Emperor as part of an attempted coup; his plans were thwarted by forces under Vice Admiral Thrawn. Zaarin retreated to the Outer Rim, with Thrawn commanding the ISD Vanguard in pursuit. Some time later, Zaarin managed to steal from the Iast system the Vorknkx, a Corvette with a prototype cloaking device; but after losing much of his fleet to the forces of Thrawn, he was killed when the prototype device, designed by Thrawn to be unworkable in hyperspace, exploded during an attempt to make a jump while cloaked. (TIE; FOP 133; EC 72; NEGC 212; SWI#66 49; unpublished information from SWI#66 co-author Dan Wallace suggests that Zaarin's personal Star Destroyer was named the Glory.)
Grand Admiral Thrawn (Mitth'raw'nuruodo)
Chiss Grand Admiral, the only alien ever to attain the rank, and the most famous Grand Admiral of all. Thrawn returns from the Unknown Regions five years after the Battle of Endor to command the Empire and nearly destroy the fledgeling New Republic. Much is known about Thrawn; I attempt to relate it in something of a chronological order here (though I leave out many events of the Thrawn Trilogy itself, since there are many fine summaries of those books already available, and since those books are essentially required reading to understand the Star Wars Expanded Universe in the first place).
-Mitth'raw'nuruodo, whose core name is Thrawn, is born into the Chiss ruling family Nuruodo, which handles the military and foreign affairs of Chiss society. Like his fellow Chiss, he never has an adolescence, instead maturing early and receiving adult responsibilities. He eventually becomes a military leader, a Syndic heading a House Phalanx, and a commander in the Chiss Expansionary Defense Fleet, where his excellent service earns him many decorations. (SWG#5 108-111; VF 426-427, 429; EGAS 20; SWAJ#7 42, 50)
-Thrawn learns several languages indigenous to the Unknown Regions, which he would later be prepared to call upon when dealing with the Ebruchi. (SWAJ#11 21)
-K'rell'n (Corellian) traders contact the Chiss. Thrawn learns a smattering of Basic from them, as well as the fact that Republic/Imperial standing orders include studying all unknown alien species they encounter. The Corellians' discovery is not recorded in an official survey. (SWAJ#7 37; SWAJ#11 42)
-Commander Thrawn routs forces sent by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine to destroy the Outbound Flight Project on the edge of Chiss space. He captures Kinman Doriana, an important advisor to Palpatine, and interrogates him. Doriana convinces Thrawn of the need to eliminate Outbound Flight, and Commander Thrawn preemptively strikes against it two weeks later, destroying it. (VF 426-428)
-Thrawn returns to the Chiss homeworld of Csilla and talks his way out of the repercussions of engaging in a preemptive strike, which is tantamount to murder by Chiss standards. Despite a reprimand and being placed under observation, he continues engaging aliens at the periphery of Chiss space. (VF 428; SWG#5 109)
-Palpatine attempts, on at least two occasions, to recruit Thrawn. Thrawn does not accept at this time, as he is still attached to the Chiss Expansionary Defense and cannot honorably leave his post. (VF 429; SWG#7 24)
-In order to join the Empire, Thrawn engineers his own downfall by attacking an enemy ground installation that is manufacturing weapons. He is stripped of rank and exiled to a primitive jungle world in Wild Space, near the Imperial border. (SWG#7 24-25; SWAJ#7 51)
-Thrawn is discovered by Captain Voss Parck of the VSD Strikefast, after Thrawn runs rings around ground forces under Colonel Mosh Barris. Thrawn tells Parck his ultimate goal was to obtain a ship and return to Chiss space. (SWAJ#7 17-43; NEGC 185; according to SWAJ#7 18-19, one week after Palpatine declares himself Emperor, and thus over a decade after the destruction of the Outbound Flight Project. Note that there is tension between his stated goals here and his carefully engineered downfall, and thus was probably lying to Parck.)
-Parck delivers Thrawn to Palpatine, who is intrigued (to say the least) despite his hatred of nonhumans. Because of the realities of court intrigue, however, Palpatine tempers the signs of his enthusiasm. (EGAS 20; VF 429)
-With Parck as his mentor, Thrawn is given private Academy training, the best the Empire has to offer. He proceeds to make a dramatic climb through the Imperial rank structure to become a command officer. (SWAJ#11 43)
-A species of tongue-lashing creatures take up residence for the first time in the caverns beneath the fortress that would come to be called The Hand of Thrawn. It is suspected that they were placed there as a natural defense against visitors by new residents of the fortress (perhaps Thrawn's House Phalanx?). (VF 156; 30 years prior, or 11 BBY.)
-Thrawn attains the rank of Colonel. Captain Uwla Iillor serves under him at this time. (RS 161; "Colonel" should be a rank equivalent with "Captain," only in the Army instead of the Navy. Whether his tenure in this rank is due to some interservice exchange program, a special honorary title, or due to the Imperial Navy actually having this rank, is uncertain. I've arbitrarily placed this before his promotion to Captain, rather than after, in order to provide more time for his rapid advancement through the admiral ranks.)
-Palpatine assigns Thrawn to the ISD Vengeance to watch one of his more ambitious underlings, Inquisitor Jerec. (NEGC 185-186)
-Thrawn is instrumental in the subjucation of Baros, homeworld of the Brubbs. (GG11 61; arbitrarily placed here in the absence of any dating information, though it would seem the Brubbs had already been "contacted" by the Empire prior to the Battle of Yavin.)
-Captain Thrawn of the ISD Vengeance (which is at the discretion of Jerec) participates in the pacification of Sulon shortly before the battle of Yavin. By this point he has more decorations than officers with twice his years of service. (SFE 12-14)
-The Battle of Yavin occurs. (SW; included for reference.)
-Captain Thrawn, still in command of the Vengeance, visits S'krrr to study the artistic merits of the Sikadian Gardens nine months after the Battle of Yavin. When an outbreak of Drog beetles kills Vengeance officers Wolver and Tier, Thrawn first investigates the killings, then is forced to work with S'korr warrior-poet Sh'shak, Shi'ido anthropologist Mammon Hoole, and the Alderaanian children Zak and Tash Arranda, in order to survive the outbreak. (GOF#8; NEGC 186 states this occurred ten months after Yavin, but Tash is quick to remind Zak that it's been nine months since their parents died on Alderaan. Note that Thrawn must have had an allergic reaction to the flowers in the Sikadian garden that affected his brain, as he is far too slow to make some very obvious mental connections he would normally have made otherwise.)
-Thrawn is promoted to Vice Admiral. Shortly thereafter, Thrawn receives a promotion to Grand Admiral in a secret ceremony following the public dedication of the Assemblage Wing of the Imperial Palace on Coruscant. Thrawn meets Mara Jade, one of the Emperor's Hands, at this ceremony. (NEGC 186; DFR 252; TIE; my earlier speculation that Thrawn had two Grand Admiral promotions is explicitly suggested by the NEGC. This promotion was apparently only known to Palpatine and his inner circle, and to Thrawn's forces in the Unknown Regions.)
-For the first time, Thrawn outright refuses an order of Palpatine's. Palpatine hands his attack force over to another commander, only to have it promptly destroyed. Palpatine listens more carefully the three other times Thrawn disagrees with him. (LC 48; arbitrarily placed shortly after his promotion, since Palpatine would most likely get involved with few command decisions made on a level of lower than Admiral.)-Thrawn, having returned to Coruscant, finally becomes bold enough to attempt to manipulate Imperial court politics. One of his most visible rivals is Grand Admiral Rufaan Tigellinus, who at first plays the role of Thrawn's friend in hopes of betraying the Chiss officer. (SWAJ#12 118-119; SWI#66 49)
-Admiral Thrawn is inducted into the Order of the Canted Circle. He is the fourteenth new member in ten years; combined with his nonhuman origins, this makes his induction an amazement to court observers. Palpatine himself encouraged Thrawn's induction, and this encouragement is believed to have been the deciding factor in the face of sharp opposition from established Order members, almost certainly including political rival Rufaan Tigellinus. (SWAJ#12 118-119)
-The Imperial Advisors unite (undoubtedly with Grand Admiral Tigellinus in their number) to politically crush Thrawn, giving Palpatine convenient cover to keep the reasons for Thrawn's upcoming foray into the Unknown Regions a secret. Admiral Thrawn is "punished," along with Parck and others involved with Thrawn, by being sent into the Unknown Regions on a survey mission aboard the ISD Admonitor. Thrawn is soon put in a position to both pacify the Ebruchi Pirates and allow the Admonitor's captain, Dagon Niriz, to prove his own loyalty to himself. (SWAJ#11 17-41; Thrawn is illustrated as having a Grand Admiral's uniform, though nowhere in the story does it necessarily state he had this rank. Additionally, the full-color artwork that opens the story depicts him as merely an Admiral.)
-General Havarel of the Admonitor is sent back to Coruscant after attempting mutiny. (SWAJ#11 40)
-Thrawn is forced to destroy a species living in the Fringe of the Unknown Regions because he was unable to gain understanding of their psyche from their art. He retains a piece of their art, a hypnotically writhing sculpture. (HE 175-176; TTSB 63; could be at any time Thrawn was in the Unknown Regions, but arbitrarily placed early in that campaign since the world was in the Fringe.)
-Additional ships are slowly added to Thrawn's command until it becomes fairly large; some of those ships are tasked with taming Wild Space, while others assist in exploring the Unknown Regions. This serves a dual purpose; the Empire gains outposts and alliances in previously unexplored space, while Thrawn is able to use Imperial forces to protect the Chiss and gain a conduit for advanced war materiel. (SWAJ#11 41; GG8 22-23; SWG#7 25; VF 416)
-Thrawn comes across an offhand reference to the planet Myrkr. He is intrigued by the fact that both the Old Republic and the Jedi left it strictly alone, despite the fact it was well within the Old Republic's borders and populated for at least 300 years. (HE 11-12; seven years prior, or about 2 ABY.)
-Thrawn locates (or returns to) an ancient ruin on the planet Nirauan made of an unusual, highly resilient black material, reminiscent of the Fortress of Hijarna. Having recognized the usefulness of the structure, he transforms it into his personal base and information repository, code-naming it The Hand of Thrawn. Commander Parck is placed in charge of the facility. (VF ??-??; Parck was not seen aboard the Admonitor in SWAJ#12/13, suggesting he was already assigned to The Hand of Thrawn.)
-Grand Admiral Thrawn returns from the Unknown Regions to play dress-up as Jodo Kast, destroy Black Sun's influence on Corellia, and get command of the Noghri from Darth Vader. Based on information gained from his trip to Corellia, Thrawn recommends Colonel Veers be promoted, and that an attack be made against suspected Rebel supply lines at Derra IV. (SWAJ#12 17-55, SWAJ#13 9-49)
-Cynabar's Infonet, an exclusive smugglers' NewsNet, somehow picks up rumors of Thrawn's return from the Unknown Regions. (SWAJ#11 251-252; though his rumored NewsNet return isn't explicitly tied to the above events, the dates on the newsfeed seem to support that supposition.)
-Darth Vader, claiming his duty to vanquish the Emperor's enemies would be requiring his full attention, presents Thrawn to the Noghri as their new leader. (DFR 140)
-Thrawn plans an attack on suspected Rebel supply lines at Derra IV for Darth Vader. Among the forces carrying out the attack is the legendary 181st Fighter Squadron. Afterwards, he returns to the Unknown Regions; his apparently forced departure, without public recognition for his role in the Battle of Derra IV, makes Baron Soontir Fel of the 181st question his loyalty to the Empire. (SWAJ#13 47-48; B&H; though in SWAJ#13 49 Thrawn orders a return to the Unknown Regions, he apparently changes his mind, as he winds up orchestrating the very battle he suggests to Vader.)
-The Battle of Hoth occurs. (ESB; included for reference.)
-Grand Admiral Thrawn, back in the Unknown Regions, orders the VSD Iron Fist (Captain Ferob commanding) to bombard the planet UR41-284, destroying everything in a 70 km radius except for the planet's museum district. (TTSB 64; Ferob had been serving under Thrawn for 3 years. NEGC 204 confirms that this Iron Fist is the same Victory Star Destroyer that Zsinj once captained, and later named his Super Star Destroyer after.)
-Thrawn hand-picks a cadre of elite pilots, native to the Outer Rim, who are assigned to TIE/ln fighters to form the Emperor's Shield squadron. They will later be among the ships sent to defend the Emperor at Endor. (CCG; arbitrarily placed here in the absence of any dating information.)
-Shortly before the Battle of Endor, Thrawn is tasked with helping defeat the treasonous Admiral Harkov and Grand Admiral Zaarin, and formally receives promotion to Grand Admiral (as opposed to his secret promotion years before) while in the midst of this campaign. He also receives the title of Warlord, not to be confused with the New Republic's later use of that term for breakaway Imperials. Thrawn is eventually successful in defeating Zaarin, after demonstrating his engineering aptitude by designing the Missile Boat, and he once again returns to the Unknown Regions. (HE 7; NEGC 186; TIE)
-The battle of Endor occurs. (RJ; included for reference.)
-The Chiss beat back an attack by invading Ssi-Ruuk, leaving a New Republic force sent in the wake of the Bakura Incident to find them half beaten. This strike is spearheaded by Thrawn and his Household Phalanx, since the phalanx is on extended leave to "deal with encroaching threats." (EC 65-66; EGAS 20; NEGC 186; SWG#5 110)
-Thrawn's forces are slowly pared down (by Isard? Palpatine's clone?) to help support the war against the New Republic. For unknown reasons, he chooses not to return himself at this point. (GG8 23)
-Admiral Voss Parck provides Ysanne Isard with a scheme devised by Thrawn to capture Baron Soontir Fel, now working with the New Republic's Rogue Squadron. Fel is delivered to Thrawn, who easily convinces him of the need to aid with the struggles in the Unknown Regions. Thrawn arranges for Fel's wife Syal to join them, and the Fels take up residence in The Hand of Thrawn. (SWG#7 24; VF 436-437; NEGC 186)
-Isard sends Major Wortin to serve aboard the ISD Inexorable in the Unknown Regions under Thrawn. (WG 55)
-Thrawn begins searching for information on the location of the planet Wayland, site of the Emperor's secret storehouse. (HE 11; he'd been searching for it for "over a year.")
-Thrawn contacts Captain Gilad Pellaeon, default commander of the Imperial Fleet, and instructs him to meet his shuttle on the frontier. With newfound hope for the Empire, Pellaeon complies. (HESB 53)
-Thrawn returns from the Unknown Regions, chooses the ISD Chimaera as his flagship, and has a meditation chamber/command room constructed aboard. He reorganizes the fleet, pulling a number of capital ships from the defense of individual worlds for use in his campaign, and reassigning older Dreadnaughts crewed by army personnel to defend those worlds. He assigns to his armada the Star Destroyers Chimaera, Death's Head, Judicator, Inexorable, Stormhawk, and Nemesis, along with many smaller ships, and then begins strategic raids along the border of the New Republic. (HE 4; TTSB 66; EC 83; JASB 132; according to EC, this occurs 6 months before the raid on Obroa-skai.)
-The politicians of the Empire, both impressed with Thrawn's competence and hoping to make him a puppet ruler, hand control over to him. A few warlords aid Thrawn, including Prince Admiral Krennel of the Ciutric Hegemony, who provides economic assistance; less supportive warlords, such as Grand Moff Ardus Kaine of the Pentastar Alignment, are quickly marginalized by the Grand Admiral. (EC 84; IR 16-17)
-Thrawn activates the Noghri, one of which, Rukh, becomes his bodyguard. (HE 5, SWAJ#13 48-49; Rukh was present at the beginning of HE, but Thrawn indicates he was not going to use the Noghri in the Unknown Regions in SWAJ#13.)
-Thrawn orders the construction of many new starships, including a new TIE model, the Scimitar Assault Bomber. The design incorporates many recommendations from experienced TIE Bomber pilot Tomax Bren, commander of the Scimitar "White Death" Assault Wing for which the new bomber is named. (TTSB 226, SWAJ#15 73-74).
-Thrawn becomes aware of an auction of the Alderaanian moss painting Killik Twilight on Tatooine. He takes the ISD Chimaera to the desert world to acquire the priceless artwork, the masterpiece of Ob Khaddor. When a YT-1300 transport (later to be identified as Millennium Falcon) refuses to be inspected, Thrawn uses the pursuit as an opportunity to train the Chimaera's green pilots. (TG 6-26)
-Thrawn, not wanting to reveal his existence to the galaxy at large, sends Commander Quenton, a bridge watch commander aboard the Chimaera, to Mos Espa to bid on Killik Twilight. Though Quenton bids highest, Han and Leia Organa Solo, who are in disguise and also trying to acquire the painting through three Squib proxy bidders, are able to coerce the seller, Alderaanian Council President Threkin Horm, not to sell to Imperials. Quenton responds with an attempt to steal the painting, only to have a third party, Kitster Banai, successfully steal the artwork, despite attempts by the Solos to destroy the painting and the secret Shadowcast code key it conceals. (TG 32-33, 49-77)
-Imperial forces begin searching in earnest for Killik Twilight and its thief; tipped off by the attempt to destroy the moss painting, Thrawn also has them searching for Rebels. Command Directive TS3519 is issued, presumably by Thrawn, outlining the probability that the New Republic party seeking the moss painting is none other than the Solos and Chewbacca, and outlines penalties for failing to capture them alive. (TG 330-332; two days before the Solos read the directive.)
-Not willing to waste an opportunity to train his troops, Thrawn himself dons stormtrooper armor and joins a squad, which searches the Sidi Driss Inn in the town of Anchorhead. Thrawn chastises the squad sergeant for unnecessary brutality with a practical lesson in the matter, then is able to discover where the Solos are being kept in the inn. During the ensuing firefight in a hallway filled with steam, Thrawn loses his helmet, and the Solos are able to see his jet-black hair and glowing red eyes, but nothing more. (TG 214-229)
-Chimaera Intelligence learns that Tusken Raiders have captured Banai and Killik Twilight and are holding them in a sacred oasis, where Anakin Skywalker butchered an entire tribe some thirty years before. Thrawn deploys two companies of stormtroopers to create an ambush for the Solos around the encampment, only to later withdraw one to pursue the possibility that the Solos are fleeing on stolen speeder bikes (a ruse created by the Solos). (TG 338, 356-357)
-The Solos, disguised in stormtrooper armor, infiltrate the ambush team and move near the Tusken oasis. When they are discovered, they flee into the oasis, recover Kitster Banai and the moss painting, and make a daring escape clinging to a stampede of banthas. Leia Organa Solo destroys the Shadowcast code key before handing the painting over to three Squibs which had been aiding them, then the Solos and Banai flee aboard the Millennium Falcon with Chewbacca. Thrawn has the Star Destroyers Chimaera, Death's Head, and Judicator move to intercept the freighter, but the Falcon escapes. (TG 359-404)
-Thrawn acquires Killik Twilight from the Squibs. (TG 396, TUF 522-523)
-Five years after Endor, Thrawn begins his full-fledged campaign against the New Republic, beginning with an information raid on Obroa-Skai, from which he learns the location of the Emperor's storehouse in Mount Tantiss on Wayland. This gives him access to around 20,000 Spaarti cloning cylinders, a functional cloaking device, several other technological curiosities, and the mad Jedi Joruus C'baoth. (HE 6, 12, 48-49; TTSB 179-181)
-Thrawn seizes an area of space near Abregado-rae, placing the seedy Core World on the Republic side of the Borderland Regions. Many suspect this action is a prelude to a pincer movement against Coruscant. (CCW 36)
-Thrawn begins the Mount Tantiss Project, which uses the extensive cloning facility in the mountain to produce a new clone military. By using ysalamiri, he is able to clone soldiers in a record time of fifteen to twenty days. Among the personnel used for the clone matrices are Corporal Terkuss, Lieutenant Creb, and Baron Soontir Fel (though Fel's clones were reserved for Thrawn's sleeper cells, groups of soldiers designed to form nuclei of resistance groups should the Empire and/or New Republic fall to threats from the Unknown Regions or beyond). (DFR; TTSB 182-183; VF 115-117; Han and Leia were surprised to discover Fel clones existed, despite the many clones killed and examined by the New Republic in the years following Thrawn's defeat. This seems to indicate Fel clones were never placed on active duty.)
-Thrawn experiments with creating a new breed of warlords. His prototype is a clone of Royal Guardsman Grodin Tierce, with some of Thrawn's own strategic genius added to the flash learning matrix. Unfortunately, the experiment is something of a failure, as the clone of Tierce is little more than a tactically brilliant stormtrooper, lacking the vision of the Grand Admiral. Thrawn discontinues the project. (VF 664-666; two months before Bilbringi.)
-Thrawn tracks down the legendary Katana fleet. Despite interference by the New Republic, Thrawn obtains a little less than 180 Dark Force Dreadnaughts to bolster his forces. His Mount Tantiss Project provides him with the necessary crews for the ships. This acquisition offsets the trickle of ships into the Deep Core on the clandestine orders of Palpatine's clone, as well as extensive combat losses predating Thrawn's return. (DFR 472-428; DESB 36; EC 82, 86-87)
-Thrawn briefly returns to the Unknown Regions during his campaign, delivering both ysalamiri and a single Spaarti cloning cylinder in which to grow an emergency back-up Thrawn. (VF 432-433, 618-619; this probably occurred during the month between DFR and LC, after Thrawn had enough additional war materiel, like the Katana Dreadnaughts, to make the trip worthwhile. This also is the only time his absence could have escaped the notice of readers of the Thrawn Trilogy! Thrawn himself must have made the journey, since no traditional Imperials knew of his Unknown Regions forces, and none of his Unknown Regions forces knew of his self-cloning project.)
-Thrawn is assassinated by his Noghri bodyguard, Rukh, during the Battle of Bilbringi. There is some evidence that Thrawn's death was partly orchestrated by the clone of Palpatine, in preparation for the latter's ascension to power. His campaign against the New Republic has resulted in the loss of ten percent of New Republic military personnel, and the incapacitation of thirty percent, with losses on worlds actually struck by Thrawn far exceeding this value. (LC 462-463; DESB 37; XWIR 78; "most of a month" after DFR.)
-Ten years after his death, Thrawn's unawakened clone is destroyed by Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade in an attempt to escape the underground bunker on Nirauan in which the clone is kept. This coincides with the death of the cloned Grodin Tierce at Yaga Minor, thus destroying the last chance for the brilliance of the Chiss military genius from ever re-emerging. (VF 667, 671-673)
Grand Admiral Pellaeon, Gilad
Captain of the ISD Chimaera, Thrawn's aide and protégé, and eventually Supreme Commander of the Imperial Remnant. His promotion only comes shortly before the era of the New Jedi Order, and thus is the only Grand Admiral where we know more about who he was before his promotion to the august rank than what we know of him after. (His name has occasionally been spelled "Gilead," but this is a rarity.)
-Gilad Pellaeon is born on Corellia approximately 57years before the Battle of Yavin. (HESB 52; TTSB 64; FH1 156-157; my original figures placed his birth approximately 56 BBY, since he lied about his age to join the Academy at age 15, and had served in the Fleet for fifty years during Thrawn's return in 9 ABY. Leland "Tasty Taste" Chee has since stated that Lucasfilm is internally using a birthdate of approximately 57 BBY, a figure I now reflect here; this figure is consistent with the above facts, if we assume that Pellaeon was well into his 15th year when he joined the Academy, and/or well into his 50th year of service during HE. Note that game information in DFRSB 53 claims an incorrect age of "70+" at the time of DFR; he should be about 66.)
-Pellaeon, still a child, moves to Coruscant. (FH1 157)
-Approximately 41 BBY, a fifteen-year-old Pellaeon lies about his age to join the Judicial Forces and attend the Academy on Raithal. Among his classmates is a lackluster cadet named Dren Jamer. Pellaeon graduates in the top third of his class, a respectable, though hardly noteworthy, achievement. (HESB 52; NEGC 130; TABSB 150; TTSB 64; FH1 157-158)
-Ensign Pellaeon does nothing truly distinguishing until given command of an escort vessel for a convoy to the planet Gavryn. In a pirate raid, Pellaeon took his ship into the magnetic pole of the planet, hiding it. As the pirates began boarding maneuvers for the other convoy ships, he emerged and destroyed their vessel. As a result, Pellaeon earns a string of swift promotions. (NEGC 130; TTSB 64; CCG; NEGC incorrectly calls the planet where Pellaeon distinguished himself "Garvyn." TTSB claims he was also immediately transferred to the Chimaera's bridge crew, but this can't be true, since he is seen commanding a Republic Assault Ship after his promotion from ensign.)
-During the Clone Wars, Pellaeon, who is captaining an Acclamator-class Assault Ship, orders an immediate withdrawal from the Battle of Merton in the face of overwhelming Separatist forces. This order runs counter to those issued by Padawan Tap-Nar-Pal, though his master, Ronhar Kim, agrees with Pellaeons' assessment. The Republic forces on Merton, including both Jedi, are wiped out. (CW#5BL; note that, though he is called "captain," his rank insignia indicate a lower actual rank, probably Lieutenant. This is consistent with common naval parlance, where whoever is commanding a ship, regardless of actual rank, is called "captain.")
-Following the rise of the Emperor, Pellaeon serves aboard one of the ships sent to Kashyyyk to capture Wookiees for the slave trade. He sees firsthand the layered deathtrap ecology of the planet and the fighting skills of the Wookiees. (HE 174; presumably before he became crew aboard the Chimaera.)
-Pellaeon is given a promotion and a transfer to the command crew of an early model Imperial Star Destroyer, the Chimaera. (TTSB 64, NEGC 130, CCG)
-Pellaeon attends the annual Grand Alderaanian Gathering at Alderaan's Royal Pavilion. Bail and Leia Organa also attend the event, and Bail points Pellaeon out to his adopted daughter as one of the fleet's most promising officers. (VF 278; when Leia was ten, or approximately 10 BBY.)
`-The ISD Chimaera is upgraded to the new Imperial II standard, increasing its shielding and firepower. (CCG, TTSB 66; implied by the fact that the CCG calls the ship an "early model," while the TTSB clearly identifies it as an Imperial II Star Destroyer.)
-Pellaeon rises, slowly but steadily, through the command crew of the Chimaera, until he becomes second in command of the Star Destroyer. (TTSB 64)
-The Battle of Endor occurs. After the destruction of the flagship Executor, the Chimaera is next in the chain of command and becomes acting command ship. After several hours of fighting and the death of the Chimaera's captain, Pellaeon orders a retreat to the nearest sector capital, Cannij Barr, in the Annaj system. Comparatively few Imperial starships are prudent enough to heed the order, and are subsequently lost to the Rebels. (CCG; NEGC 130; TABSB 13; TTSB 64-65)
-Pellaeon, made de facto fleet commander both by the authority vested in the Chimaera itself and by his initiative in ordering the retreat, attempts to hold the battered Endor fleet together. Admiral Harrsk, leader of one of the fleet's task forces and one of the precious few Admirals to retreat from Endor, decides to desert and take his ships to the restricted Deep Core to set up a personal Empire there. Other commanders follow suit, while still others (such as Captain Dorja) hope to fulfill their ambitions by wresting control of the remaining fleet from Pellaeon. (EC 67, TTSB 69)
-Pellaeon brings the remaining fleet back to Coruscant and begins serving under Ysanne Isard. Though he is favorably regarded, and an Admiral in all but name, Isard leaves Pellaeon a captain. (NEGC 130)
-Approximately one year after Endor, the Central Committee of Grand Moffs makes a power grab by proclaiming the Kessel slavelord Trioculus to be the son and heir of Palpatine. Yet more Imperial ships abandon the fleet to side with the Grand Moffs, but Pellaeon remains loyal to Isard. His faith is borne out when the Moffs' scheme fails and Isard is left as the undisputed leader of the Empire. (EC 70-71)
-The Empire loses both Coruscant and Isard's leadership to the elite starfighter pilots of Rogue Squadron. Pellaeon once again is left as caretaker of the Imperial fleet, holding the remnants together, conscripting and training new crew from remaining Imperial worlds, and fending off ambitious Moffs and officers. He is unable to gain initiative against the New Republic, however, and is forced to swallow his pride in retreat after retreat. Nonetheless, the Chimaera is still regarded as one of the Empire's most efficient Star Destroyers. (EC 73; TTSB 65; TG 7)
-Captain Pellaeon receives a message in the form of encrypted holo-bursts from the Unknown Regions that uses the Emperor's private holopod comm system, bypassing normal comm channels. Pellaeon is surprised to see the blue-skinned visage of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who orders a newly hopeful Pellaeon to coordinates where the Grand Admiral will rendezvous with the remains of the Imperial fleet. (HESB 53)
-Thrawn chooses the Chimaera as his flagship, and Pellaeon begins learning much from the brilliant and capable Chiss Grand Admiral. (HE 4; his learning comes from throughout his time under Thrawn.)
-Thrawn orders Pellaeon and the Chimaera to Tatooine to obtain the Alderaanian moss painting Killik Twilight. His ship's crew performs most of Thrawn's operations on the planet, and is also involved in the attempt to capture the fleeing Millennium Falcon towards the end of the mission. (TG 7, 216, 402)
-Pellaeon, while interacting with Joruus C'baoth, has his mind tampered with and orders a special clone of Luke Skywalker made for the mad Jedi clone under the auspices of Grand Admiral Thrawn. The tampering has a somewhat more permanent effect of weakening his will, though not sufficiently to negatively affect his performance as a captain. (LC 6-7, 423-424; TTSB 65; TTSB clearly states in a note regarding Pellaeon's will, "Skill has been reduced due to the effects of Joruus C'baoth's mind-tampering powers.")
-Grand Admiral Thrawn is killed by his Noghri bodyguard, Rukh, at the battle of Bilbringi. Pellaeon is once again forced to swallow his pride and order a full retreat of the Imperial Fleet, which regroups near the Unknown Regions. (LC 462-463; EC 89)
-Captain Pellaeon is called to the Deep Core by the clone of Palpatine, who is preparing his forces for an offensive against the New Republic. Pellaeon and the remaining loyal Imperial forces under his command swear allegiance to the reborn Emperor. New Republic Intelligence, still unaware of the ominous developments in the Deep Core, loses track of Pellaeon. (NEGC 130; EC 90; TTSB 65)
-Pellaeon is forced to abandon the Chimaera during the capture of Duro during Operation Shadow Hand, losing much of his senior staff in the process and nearly dying himself. (EC 98; NEGC 130-131)
-After the death of the final Palpatine clone on Onderon, Pellaeon has little choice but to side with a warlord, High Admiral Teradoc. He hopes this action will protect the remains of his fleet and the survivors of the Chimaera until the confusion following Palpatine's death can be sorted out. Teradoc gives Pellaeon a promotion to Vice Admiral and provides him with a flotilla of red-hulled Victory Star Destroyers. (NEGC 131, EC 98; presumably, these are the same VSDs that received reddish havod alloy hull plating during a doonium alloy shortage in SWAJ#10 231-233.)
-Vice Admiral Pellaeon invites thirteen of the strongest Imperial warlords to a meeting in the Deep Core with Admiral Daala, former commander of Maw Installation, to discuss unifying their disparate forces. When the squabbling warlords fail to come to an agreement, Daala executes them with nerve gas, takes control of their forces, and assigns Pellaeon as her second in command. (SWE 227, NEGC 131)
-Pellaeon and Daala, in closed command discussions, choose the Jedi Academy on Yavin 4 as their first target, hoping to wipe out the new Jedi and thus severely damage New Republic morale at little cost to them. They are unaware that Jedi spies have managed to learn of their battle plans. (EC 113)
-Pellaeon arrives at Yavin 4 with a fleet of Star Destroyers, and sends down ground forces to obliterate the Academy. The concentration of Imperial ground forces are nearly too much for the Jedi students, whose teacher, Luke Skywalker, is away attending to other matters. Instead, they unify their Force abilities and drive the fleet to the periphery of the Yavin system, leaving Pellaeon out of the final battle between Daala and the New Republic. (DS ??-??; EC 115; DS claims seventeen ships were involved in the raid, while EC claims it's twelve.)
-Vice Admiral Pellaeon's ships recover many of the escape pods from Daala's destroyed flagship, including the one containing Daala herself. In shame at yet another failure, Daala transfers command of all Imperial forces to Pellaeon, who rises to the rank of Admiral. (EC 116-117; NEGC 131)
-Faced with the majority of Imperial military assets already having been pulled from the Deep Core, Pellaeon abandons that region in favor of the Imperial holdings in the Outer and Mid Rim, where he can better harass New Republic shipping, and call upon better resources and hyperspace routes. Pellaeon is able to bring many Imperial fortress worlds into the fold, gaining access to their hoards of war materiel as their ruling moffs agree to support his efforts. (EC 117)
-Pellaeon annexes the remains of the Pentastar Alignment, a major warlord empire formerly under the rule of Grand Moff Ardus Kaine before his death during Operation Shadow Hand. Pellaeon acquires Kaine's Super Star Destroyer, the Reaper, and makes it his command ship. Presumably, the annexation also yields other benefits, such as the shipyards of the planet Jaemus and the versatile Enforcer-class picket cruiser. (EC 117; SWAJ#3 155-156)
-Having consolidated the Imperial holdings, Pellaeon launches an attack on Orinda six months after Daala's departure. The New Republic's sluggish response to the incursion allows Pellaeon to capture six neighboring systems. The New Republic is able to drive the Empire back to Orinda, but at the battle there, Pellaeon destroys the fleet carrier Endurance, depriving General Antilles of the majority of his starfighter support and forcing his retreat. Orinda stays in Imperial hands. (EC 117)
-Pellaeon begins a protracted campaign against Adumar, which has recently sided with the New Republic. He is thus out of position when two full fleets of New Republic ships capture the Antemeridian sector. Pellaeon is able to stop the incursion before it takes the heart of the remaining Empire, though not without losing the SSD Reaper. (EC 118, 122)
-Two advanced Star Destroyers and the experimental weapons testbed vessel EX-F join Pellaeon's empire following the Black Fleet Crisis. (EC 130)
-Slicers contracted by the Empire create a false disassembly order for the Star Destroyer Chimaera, sending it to the shipyards of Gravlex Med, the wasted former homeworld of the Anx species. Upon its arrival, its skeleton crew is overcome by Imperial commandos, who then blast their way through New Republic pickets. Admiral Ackbar himself commands the forces which attempt to recapture the Chimaera, but Pellaeon nonetheless successfully recovers his beloved flagship in one of his last victories against the New Republic. (SWG#7 99; NEGC 131; I have attempted to synthesize the two sources' rather disparate discussions of the battle of Gravlex Med into something coherent. NEGC indicates this occurred before Pellaeon's failed strike to recapture territory.)
-Pellaeon assigns Captain Ardiff as captain of the Chimaera. (SP 2; the placement is conjectural, based on the assumption that there were no other captains between the ship's recovery by the Empire and its appearance in SP.)
-Relying on hopes that political pressures will forestall a counterattack, Pellaeon attempts to retake several former Imperial sectors. This desperate gamble proves to be a mistake - the third and fifth fleets of the New Republic, under the command of Admiral Ackbar aboard the third fleet's Super Star Destroyer Guardian, engage his forces in several devastating brawls, including the Battle of Champala. (EC 137; NEGC 17, 131)
-The final skirmish between Ackbar and Pellaeon, the Battle of Anx Minor, costs Pellaeon six Star Destroyers when concentrated fire from New Republic forces destroy the antimatter-laden Glory of Yevetha, one of the ships Pellaeon gained after the Black Fleet Crisis. After this devastating loss, the Empire is forced into eight backwater sectors bordering the Unknown Regions in the Outer Rim. (NEGC 17, 131; EC 137)
-Pellaeon has a cloaking device and the Computerized Combat Predictor installed aboard the Chimaera for trials. The Predictor is touted as the most practical way to use the cloaking device, but the trials prove it to be largely ineffective. Faced with the fact that the Empire is no longer a force to be reckoned with, Pellaeon realizes it's time to consider a treaty with the New Republic. (SP 1-7; whether this was a new invention, or an upgrade of the predictor mentioned in SWN 192, isn't specified.)
-Admiral Pellaeon meets with the eight remaining moffs of the Imperial Remnant - Moff Andray, Moff Bemos, Moff Edan, Moff Hort, Moff Quillan, Moff Sander, Moff Vered, and Moff Disra - and convinces most of them to a conditional capitulation to the New Republic. Disra feigns acceptance of the plan, but instead begins putting his own plan into motion - the "resurrection" of Grand Admiral Thrawn through the acting talents of a con man named Flim. (SP 53-70)
-After touring the Empire and securing support from his fellow Imperials, Pellaeon goes to the Pesitiin system to await the arrival of General Garm Bel Iblis to discuss terms of a peace treaty. Pellaeon hopes that his envoy to Bel Iblis, Colonel (Major?) Meizh Vermel, was able to contact the General before being captured. (SP 272; Vermel's rank is inconsistently applied throughout the Hand of Thrawn Duology.)
-Pellaeon is attacked by pirates hired by Disra to masquerade as Bel Iblis's forces. Pellaeon uses an innovative variant of the A-Wing Slash maneuver developed by Bel Iblis to both destroy the marauders and to see through their ruse. (SP 377-386)
-High Councilor Leia Organa Solo arrives in the Pesitiin system after learning of Vermel's attempt to contact Garm Bel Iblis. Around the dejarik table of the Millennium Falcon, Leia and Pellaeon begin preliminary talks for establishing a formal peace between the Empire and the New Republic. (VF 276-289)
-Pellaeon begins tracking down Moff Disra's duplicity in earnest. After locating Disra's personal datacard stash, Pellaeon learns of Colonel Vermel's imprisonment. He immediately travels to Rimcee Station and releases his old friend. (VF 290, 326-329, 339-341, 485-489)
-While en route to meet the apparently resurrected Grand Admiral Thrawn, Admiral Pellaeon is contacted by information broker Talon Karrde, who has obtained from a former associate important evidence demonstrating both that "Thrawn" is a street level con man named Flim, and that Disra's aide and co-conspirator, Major Grodin Tierce, is a clone. (VF 555-560, 663-664)
-Pellaeon travels with Karrde aboard the Wild Karrde to Yaga Minor, in the midst of a battle between the faux Thrawn and General Garm Bel Iblis. The ship makes it through the barrage, and Pellaeon is able to confront the triumvirate of Disra, Tierce, and Flim with the truth, ending their con. (VF 632-635, 659, 662-668, 679, 683)
-Admiral Gilad Pellaeon and Acting Chief of State Ponc Gavrisom sign peace accords between the Empire and New Republic aboard the ISD Chimaera, finally ending the decades-long war between the two governments. Included in the accords are recognition of formal borders, security and trade guarantees, and the formation of a joint Intelligence service based on the intelligence network of Talon Karrde. (VF 281, 686-689)
-As a result of the treaty, the Imperial Remnant settles into a period of peace. This peace also tempers Pellaeon's dislike of the New Republic. (EC 151; DTR 53, 281-283; Pellaeon is much friendlier toward New Republic personnel in DTR than in VF, treating them quite warmly.)
-In recognition of Admiral Pellaeon's lengthy service to the Empire, he is given a promotion to the rank of Grand Admiral. (DTR 51; NJOSB 18-19; he is wearing the uniform of a Grand Admiral in DTR, which would be highly inappropriate and disrespectful from someone who had not earned the rank. Such behavior is simply out of character for someone like Pellaeon, who deeply respects both the Empire and his dead mentor, Grand Admiral Thrawn. NJOSB confirms he has the rank, and later novels explicitly refer to him as a Grand Admiral.)
-Six years after the Pellaeon-Gavrisom Treaty, the Yuuzhan Vong invade the galaxy along the border between the New Republic and the Imperial Remnant. Shortly after the Battle of Dantooine, Leia Organa Solo travels to Bastion to ask for Grand Admiral Pellaeon's aid in fighting the Yuuzhan Vong. Pellaeon agrees, and shortly thereafter informs the Moff Council of his decision. (DTR 51-53, 91-95)
-Having issued a general recall to all Imperial forces, Pellaeon is surprised to have a contingent of thirty-six Chiss clawcraft, led by Jagged Fel, arrive with the complements of Baron Soontir Fel, Jag's father. Pellaeon takes them with his task force to Garqi. (DTR 94, 169, 181)
-A New Republic task force finally arrives at Garqi two days after Pellaeon's arrival, to extract a mission team inserted some time before. The force takes some damage before Pellaeon's ships are able to hyperspace in and turn the tide of battle. (DTR 159-169)
-Admiral Traest Kre'fey asks Grand Admiral Pellaeon to command the joint defense of Ithor. Pellaeon agrees, and issues Imperial directive 59826, which will withdraw all Imperial forces to Bastion should he be replaced as commander of the Ithorian defense. This order protects their decision, even in the face of objections from New Republic President Borsk Fey'lya. (DTR 180, 235-236)
-After fighting the Vong and temporarily driving them off with modified weapons and tactics, Pellaeon, Kre'fey, and the fleet are given some breathing room as fighting stops in preparation for a duel between Jedi Corran Horn and Commander Shedao Shai of the Yuuzhan Vong. Pellaeon and Kre'fey take the time to develop a tactic to exploit a weakness in Vong technology. (DTR 261-266)
-Corran Horn wins the duel, but Shai's successor, Deighn Lian, chooses not to honor its terms, and totally destroys the surface of the planet Ithor with biological weaponry. The New Republic returns the favor by putting their new tactic into action: the gravity well projectors of the Interdictor Cruiser Corusca Rainbow overwhelm the gravity-focusing dovin basals of the Vong command ship Legacy of Torment, rendering it defenseless in the face of a fatal barrage of fire from the rest of the fleet. (DTR 273-280)
-Grand Admiral Pellaeon is recalled to the Imperial Remnant, to keep the civilian populace from panicking in fear of the Yuuzhan Vong and weapons like the one which destroyed Ithor. He promises to return when his people are more afraid of not helping the New Republic than of helping it. (DTR 281-283)
-In light of the events at Ithor, Pellaeon does his best to prepare the Empire for a Yuuzhan Vong attack. (FH1 159)
-Yuuzhan Vong spies infiltrate the Imperial Remnant, and begin recruiting traitors to aid in their information gathering. (FH1 175-176, 277; this could have occurred at any point, but it makes sense for the Vong to step up their intelligence against the Remnant soon after the Empire's unexpected assistance at Garqi and Ithor.)
-The Imperial Remnant either builds, or comes into the possession of, another Super Star Destroyer. (DW 136; given the resources of the Remnant and the pragmatism of Pellaeon, it seems highly unlikely the Super Star Destroyer was built by the Remnant. It may have come from a defection among the survivors of the Black Fleet or from one of the Deep Core's replacement warlords, or perhaps the discovery of one of Palpatine's secret storehouses.)
-Leia Organa Solo and her husband visit the Imperial Remnant on a diplomatic mission, where Grand Admiral Pellaeon greets them with the good news that their son Jacen, believed to be dead, is alive and well. While showing the Solos his garden, Pellaeon demonstrates a peculiar mood by making several uncharacteristic comments about the culling of the weak and the application of the human will to the coercion of nature. Later, he agrees to provide the New Republic with charts of the Deep Core in exchange for extensive information on the Yuuzhan Vong, but declines to militarily assist the New Republic at this time. (DW 136-146, 148-151)
-Yuuzhan Vong forces under Commander B'shith Vorrik appear in the Bastion system, destroying planetary defense systems with ease and catching the Imperial Navy off guard, as they were expecting the force to attack the Hand of Thrawn at Nirauan. Only Pellaeon's own Chimaera responds with appropriate efficiency. Despite this, the Navy is able to hold its own, or so it appears, until the Yuuzhan Vong pull back to make way for swarms of thousands of grutchins. The Navy responds to the grutchins with what Grand Admiral Pellaeon considers appalling disorganization. (FH1 118, 129, 158-159)
-The Empire takes serious losses from Vorrik's forces, and Pellaeon orders the evacuation of Bastion. Chimaera and another Imperial Star Destroyer, the Superior, are harried by the Yuuzhan Vong all the way to a gas giant planet further out in the Bastion system. (FH1 114-115)
-The yacht Jade Shadow, carrying a small Jedi expedition including Luke and Mara Jade Skywalker, arrives in the Bastion system. After assessing the situation, they join the fray against the Yuuzhan Vong in orbit of the gas giant, providing Grand Admiral Pellaeon with information on the location of a yammosk war coordinator in the opposing forces. Pellaeon informs them that, should they survive, they will rendezvous at Yaga Minor, and the Jade Shadow departs. (FH1 113-121)
-Pellaeon's force attempts to break out of the mass shadow of the gas giant. The Star Destroyer Superior is critically damaged, and Pellaeon orders its evacuation as it falls from orbit to its death in the depths of the planet. Chimaera also takes considerable damage before a coralskipper rams the bridge of the ship. Pellaeon is nearly killed, his lower torso half-impaled, half-crushed on a control console, and he slips into a coma. (FH1 132, 157, 161, 163)
-A junior officer pulls Pellaeon from the bridge and takes him to a medical frigate carrying survivors from Superior. Under the cover of wreckage from Superior and the brave sacrifices made by a dozen TIE Fighter pilots, the frigate is able to leave for Yaga Minor. Pellaeon drifts in and out of consciousness due to his injuries, and orders the pilot, Vitor Reige, to find the Jedi in order to express his appreciation for their assistance, before passing out for the final time. Upon arriving, Reige avoids unnecessary bureaucratic red tape by directly contacting the Captain Arien Yage of the frigate Widowmaker, the point of contact Pellaeon gave the Jedi before their departure. The Jedi Tekli, assisted by Jacen Solo, boards the Widowmaker to heal the Grand Admiral, and after nearly losing him several times, Tekli is able to stabilize him. (FH1 163-165)
-Pellaeon awakens in a bacta tank aboard the Widowmaker, where he and Captain Yage promptly use his access codes to access the Imperial security network and eavesdrop on a conversation between Jacen Solo and Yaga Minor's Moff, Kurlen Flennic, on the topic of a retreat to the fortified Borosk system. Upon hearing Flennic's unreasonableness, Pellaeon interrupts, cowing Flennic and ordering him to make preparations for the Fleet's immediate departure for Borosk. (FH1 221-224, 236)
-Chimaera limps into the Yaga Minor system, where it begins undergoing repairs. (FH1 274-275)
-The Imperial Navy Fleet arrives at Borosk. Pellaeon immediately sets to molding new task forces and squadrons, while several thousand MSE-6 mouse droids are modified with Yuuzhan Vong detecting protocols provided by the crew of Jade Shadow, and released to execute those protocols. They soon detect three infiltrating Yuuzhan Vong, and Jacen Solo's analysis of their communications locates more than a dozen traitors. All of these personnel are transferred to the Star Destroyer Right to Rule, which is posted to the rear of the reorganized fleet. (FH1 274, 277)
-Several short hours after arriving at Borosk, B'shith Vorrik's forces attack the Fleet. Pellaeon, still submerged in a bacta tank, commands the fleet while also observing Jacen Solo's confrontation with the infiltrators and traitors in a "staff meeting" aboard Right to Rule. Pellaeon baits Vorrik with the Fleet, which he then draws back into range of the ample planetary defenses of the fortress world. (FH1 274 -283)
-A Yuuzhan Vong slave carrier, still bearing Imperial citizens captured at Bastion, enters the Borosk system. Pellaeon okays a plan by the Barabel Jedi Saba Sebatyne to liberate the slaves from their captors, and assigns a specially modified Katana-class Dreadnaught, renamed the Braxant Bonecrusher, to carry it out. The mission is ultimately successful. (FH1 283-289, 292-297, 302-325, 331-338)
-As Pellaeon's fake retreat is slowly turned into a real one by the relentless attack of the Yuuzhan Vong, a gravitic amplitude modulator capable of disrupting the signals of the enemy's yammosk war coordinator is installed aboard the Star Destroyer Defiant. Pellaeon orders the Defiant to attack the ship bearing the yammosk, and with the aid of the modulator, it succeeds. With the loss of both a yammosk and a slave carrier filled with slaves, Vorrik is forced to withdraw from the Borosk system. He sends a small strike force to harry the Yaga Minor shipyards, and Pellaeon sends a more than adequate force to deal with it, as well as a force to keep the retreating Vong fighting a rearguard action. (FH1 342-352)
-Pellaeon convenes a meeting with all surviving Moffs and a number of his officers, and informs them that the Empire will be making a formal agreement with the Galactic Alliance (the successor of the New Republic) to share military resources to oust the Yuuzhan Vong from the galaxy, and that the Council of Moffs will unanimously agree to this or he will leave with the entire Imperial Fleet. Moff Flennic draws a weapon on Pellaeon, but after negotiation between Pellaeon and Flennic fails, Mara Jade Skywalker uses the Force to prevent Flennic from shooting Pellaeon. Pellaeon uses this treason as leverage to force Flennic to agree to his proposal. (FH1 387-400)
-Captain Yage volunteers the services of the Widowmaker as escort to the Jade Shadow expedition, which Pellaeon authorizes; arrangements are also made for Dr. Soron Hagerty, an ethnologist from Valc VII with some expertise in the Unknown Regions, to join the expedition. Pellaeon prepares the Imperial Navy for a mission to further press their advantage against the Yuuzhan Vong coreward. (FH1 403-413)
-Pellaeon, still awaiting the repair of Chimaera, commands Right to Rule in pursuit of Vorrik's forces to the Atrivis sector. The Yuuzhan Vong arrive in the Generis system, raze the surface of Generis, and destroy the Outer Rim Communications Center, a relay base at Generis's south pole dating back to the days of the Rebel Alliance, and one of only two such bases servicing the Unknown Regions. The Vong depart soon after, and Pellaeon temporarily loses track of them. (FH3, RASB, TTSB)
-Pellaeon receives a tip from the Ryn information network that lets him track down Vorrik's forces to Esfandia, a frigid rogue planet bearing the Esfandia Long-Range Communications Base, the other relay base servicing the Unknown Regions. Pellaeon is pleased to discover Galactic Alliance forces led by Leia Organa Solo already in the system, and integrates them into the attack on the Yuuzhan Vong. (FH3)
-Pellaeon focuses his attack on the Yuuzhan Vong force gathering on his fleet's north flank, and orders Jag Fel to distract the capital ship analogs there. Fel brilliantly uses the hulk of a derelict Yuuzhan Vong gunship as a weapon, allowing Pellaeon to not only disrupt the north flank, but to bring the entire conflict over Esfandia into a stalemate when the Yuuzhan Vong retreat to geosynchronous orbit. (FH3)
-In order to get a team onto the surface of Esfandia to assist the crews of the relay base and the Millennium Falcon in dealing with Yuuzhan Vong ground forces, Pellaeon approves a plan to allow Tahiri, a Jedi Knight who had been altered by the Yuuzhan Vong years before, to deceive Vorrik into believing she is betraying the Galactic Alliance. The plan succeeds. (FH3)
-In light of the lack of progress being made by his ground forces, Vorrik prepares a bombing run. Pellaeon responds by increasing his presence in that same orbit and targeting the bombers. When the bombers are confirmed to be making a surface run, Pellaeon orders the Relentless to destroy them, and fighting renews in the orbit of Esfandia. (FH3)
-The Alliance ground team detonates the decoy they had been defending, destroying any hope they had for success in the system. Vorrik, enraged, begins an all-out assault on Pellaeon's fleet, and Pellaeon sends out a signal. Just as Vorrik's flagship, the Kur-hashan, bears down on Right to Rule, a small fleet of Ryn-owned ships comes out of hyperspace and pounds the Kur-hashan and its support vessels with a barrage of fire from second-rate weaponry. Rather than surrender, Vorrik orders the Kur-hashan to overload its drives; but Pellaeon expects this, and orders his fleet to put full power to shields just in time, leaving them undamaged. (FH3)
-Pellaeon agrees to participate in Operation Trinity, a three-pronged attack on the Bilbringi shipyards, along with Admiral Traest Kre'ey and General Wedge Antillles of the Galactic Alliance. Due to Yuuzhan Vong interference with the HoloNet, however, Pellaeon and Kre'fey never receive word from Antilles's battle group, and, as ordered, do not enter the Bilbringi system. (TFP)
-A TIE Defender arrives at Pellaeon's fleet, bringing news from Bilbringi that Antilles's fleet is still fighting, and that Captain Mynar Devis of the Interdictor Cruiser Wrack has left his ship to join his hero, Han Solo, in assisting them. Before Pellaeon's ships can finish preparations to enter hyperspace and lend aid themselves, the remnants of Antilles's battered force arrive at Pellaeon's location. Pellaeon learns from Solo that Devis, whom the Grand Admiral had some affinity for (and who may have even been Pellaeon's own son), died doing "what he thought was right" in a suicide attack on a Yuuzhan Vong interdictor. (TFP)
-Pellaeon learns from Imperial records that Grand Moff Tarkin had an interest in the world Zonoma Sekot for its ability to create living ships. (TUF; sometime before TUF, but after FH1, since he would undoubtedly have provided this information to Skywalker's team.)
-Grand Admiral Pellaeon helps defend Mon Calamari from a Yuuzhan Vong attack, aiding elements of the Second and Third fleets in defending Mon Eron. However, the Yuuzhan Vong attack is unexpectedly aborted when, half a galaxy away, Zonoma Sekot arrives by hyperspace in the Coruscant system. (TUF)
-Pellaeon attends a meeting with top Galactic Alliance military leadership to plan an invasion of Coruscant. During discussions of the role of Zonoma Sekot, he reluctantly notes Tarkin's interest in the planet's shipbuilding capabilities. (TUF)
-Pellaeon, aboard Right to Rule, participates in the monumental Galactic Alliance action to retake Coruscant, transporting Jag Fel's Twin Suns Squadron and leading the Alliance Fourth Fleet down the Martial Cross hyperroute to the former capital. The combined firepower of the Fourth Fleet overwhelms the dovin basals defending Coruscant, blazing a path for landing craft and starfighters to approach the planet. (TUF)
-The Galactic Federation of Free Alliances successfully retakes Coruscant, after Luke Skywalker and the Solo twins are able to kill Supreme Overlord Shimrra and the Shamed One, Onimi. In the wake of the battle, Pellaeon tours the area that was once the Imperial Palace. (TUF)
-Pellaeon hosts a visit by the elder Solos in his quarters on the starboard side of Right to Rule's command superstructure. He presents the couple with the moss-painting Killik Twilight, formerly belonging to House Organa before being acquired by Grand Admiral Thrawn. After their departure, Pellaeon returns to Bastion to convince some of the more recalcitrant Moffs of the value in continued open participation in the Alliance, and to allow the lessons he has learned from the Alliance to take his rigidly ordered garden, which he cares for as if it were his child, in new, more natural directions. (TUF)
-Nearly 100 years after the cessation of the Yuuzhan Vong War, the revitalized Empire introduced the Pellaeon-class Super Star Destroyer to its fleet, named in honor of the Grand Admiral. This ship became the heart of the Imperial Fleet. (SWL#0 14)
Key / bibliography:
SW: Star Wars: A New Hope film, 20th Century Fox, 1977.
ESB: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back film, 20th Century Fox, 1980.
RJ: Return of the Jedi film, 20th Century Fox, 1983.
Essential Guides and Other Reference Books:
EC: Anderson, Kevin J, and Daniel Wallace. The Essential Chronology. New York: Del Rey, 2000.
EGAS: Lewis, Ann Margaret. The Essential Guide to Alien Species. New York: Del Rey, 2001.
NEGC: Wallace, Daniel. The New Essential Guide to Characters. New York: Del Rey, 2002.
SWE: Sansweet, Stephen J. The Star Wars Encyclopedia. New York: Del Rey, 1998.
DFR: Zahn, Timothy. Dark Force Rising. New York: Bantam, 1992.
HE: Zahn, Timothy. Heir to the Empire. New York: Bantam, 1991.
LC: Zahn, Timothy. The Last Command. New York: Bantam, 1993.
Hand of Thrawn Duology:
SP: Zahn, Timothy. Specter of the Past. New York: Bantam, 1997.
VF: Zahn, Timothy. Vision of the Future. New York: Bantam, 1998.
The New Jedi Order:
DTR: Stackpole, Michael A. Dark Tide: Ruin. New York: Del Rey, 2000.
DW: Williams, Walter Jon. Destiny's Way. New York: Del Rey, 2002.
FH1: Williams, Sean, and Shane Dix. Force Heretic I: Remnant. New York: Del Rey, 2003.
FH3: Williams, Sean, and Shane Dix. Force Heretic III: Reunion. New York: Del Rey, 2003.
TFP: Keyes, Greg. The Final Prophecy. New York: Del Rey, 2003.
TUF: Luceno, James. The Unifying Force. New York: Del Rey, 2003.
The X-wing Series:
IR: Stackpole, Michael A. X-Wing: Isard's Revenge. New York: Bantam, 1998?.*
RS: Stackpole, Michael A. X-Wing: Rogue Squadron. New York: Bantam, 1996.*
WG: Stackpole, Michael A. X-Wing: Wedge's Gamble. New York: Bantam, 1996.*
DS: Anderson, Kevin J. Darksaber. New York: Bantam, 1995.*
SWN: Lucas, George. Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker. New York: Del Rey, 1976.
TG: Denning, Troy. Tatooine Ghost. New York: Del Rey, 2003.
Illustrated Novels and Comics:
B&H: Stackpole, Michael A. X-Wing: Blood and Honor. Milwaukee, OR: Dark Horse, 1999.
CW#5BL: Ostrander, John. "Bloodlines." Clone Wars Volume 5 - The Best Blades. Ed. Randy Stradley. Milwaukee, OR: Dark Horse, 2004.
SFE: Dietz, William C. Dark Forces: Soldier For The Empire. New York: Berkely Boulevard, 1998.
SWL#0: Ostrander, John. Star Wars Legacy #0. Milwaukee, OR: Dark Horse, 2006.
Young Adult Novels:
GDV: Davids, Paul, and Hollace Davids. The Glove of Darth Vader. New York: Bantam, 1992.
GOF#8: Whitman, John. Galaxy of Fear #8: The Swarm. New York: Bantam, 1998.
LCJ: Davids, Paul, and Hollace Davids. The Lost City of the Jedi. New York: Bantam, 1992.
CCW: Carey, Craig R., et al. Coruscant and the Core Worlds. Renton: Wizards of the Coast, 2003.
DESB: Horne, Michael Allen. Dark Empire Sourcebook. Honesdale: West End Games, 1993.
FOP: O'Brien, Timothy. The Far Orbit Project. Honesdale: West End Games, 1998.
GG8: Olmesdahl, Bill, and Bill Smith. Galaxy Guide 8: Scouts. Honesdale: West End Games, 1993.
GG11: Stuart, Rick D. Galaxy Guide 11: Criminal Organizations. Honesdale: West End Games, 1994.
HESB: Slavicsek, Bill. Heir to the Empire Sourcebook. Honesdale: West End Games, 1992.
JASB: Sudlow, Paul. The Jedi Academy Sourcebook. Honesdale: West End Games, 1996.
NJOSB: Wiker, J.D., and Steve Miller. The New Jedi Order Sourcebook. Renton: Wizards of the Coast, 2001.
RASB: Murphy, Paul. Rebel Alliance Sourcebook. Honesdale: West End Games, 1994.
SOTESB: Schweighoffer, Peter. The Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook. Honesdale: West End Games, 1996.
TABSB: Tyers, Kathy, and Eric S. Trautmann. The Truce at Bakura Sourcebook. Honesdale: West End Games, 1996.
TTSB: Slavicsek, Bill, and Eric S. Trautmann. The Thrawn Trilogy Sourcebook. Honesdale: West End Games, 1996.
Star Wars Magazines/Journals:
SWAJ#3: Schweighoffer, Peter, ed. Star Wars Adventure Journal. Vol. 1, #3 (Aug. 1994).
SWAJ#5: Schweighoffer, Peter, ed. Star Wars Adventure Journal. Vol. 1, #5 (Feb. 1995).
SWAJ#7: Schweighoffer, Peter, ed. Star Wars Adventure Journal. Vol. 1, #7 (Aug. 1995).
SWAJ#8: Schweighoffer, Peter, ed. Star Wars Adventure Journal. Vol. 1, #8 (Nov. 1995).
SWAJ#9: Schweighoffer, Peter, ed. Star Wars Adventure Journal. Vol. 1, #9 (Feb. 1996).
SWAJ#10: Schweighoffer, Peter, ed. Star Wars Adventure Journal. Vol. 1, #10 (May. 1996).
SWAJ#11: Schweighoffer, Peter, ed. Star Wars Adventure Journal. Vol. 1, #11 (Nov. 1996).
SWAJ#12: Schweighoffer, Peter, ed. Star Wars Adventure Journal. Vol. 1, #12 (Feb. 1997).
SWAJ#13: Schweighoffer, Peter, ed. Star Wars Adventure Journal. Vol. 1, #13 (May. 1997).
SWAJ#14: Schweighoffer, Peter, ed. Star Wars Adventure Journal. Vol. 1, #14 (Aug. 1997).
SWAJ#15: Miller, Steve, ed. Star Wars Adventure Journal. Vol. 1, #15 (Nov. 1997).
SWG#5: Perkins, Christopher, ed. Star Wars Gamer. Vol. 1, #5 (Aug./Sept. 2001).
SWG#7: Gross, Dave, ed. Star Wars Gamer. Vol. 1, #7 (Dec. 2001/Jan. 2002).
SWI#66: Gross, Dave, ed. Star Wars Insider. Vol. 1, #66 (Mar./Apr. 2003).
SWI#84: Rector, Brett, ed. Star Wars Insider. Vol. 1, #84 (Nov./Dec. 2005).
CCG: Decipher, Inc. Star Wars Customizable Card Game, 1995-2001.
TIE: Lucasarts, Inc. Tie Fighter Computer Game, 1993.*
WCDF#5: Peña, Abel G., and Jason Fry. The Dark Forces Saga, Part 5: Two Peas in a Pod. Wizards of the Coast, 2005.
SWIO#89UA: Peña, Abel G., and Ryan Kaufman. "Underworld Appendix: Swoops, Spice, and Wretched Rogues." Star Wars Insider #89 Online Supplement. Lucasfilm, 2006.
*Information from sources marked by an asterisk have been obtained secondhand. I have not myself reviewed the original sources at this time.
Several persons helped me in the compilation of this information. My thanks go out to Dogbert, James T. Skywalker, and the resources at theforce.net in locating some of this information; to Ardent Nilus, for suggesting a link to images; to Logan Gish, for many suggestions; and a very special thanks to Timothy O'Brien for letting me know exactly who to cite for The Far Orbit Project.
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