Thrawn

Grand Admiral Thrawn, from the Essential Atlas

Grand Admiral Thrawn, from the Essential Atlas

His chiss name is Mitth’raw’nuruodo but he uses the core name as few humans can pronounce it.

At different times to different people, Thrawn was both hero and villain. He was conqueror and savior.

Grand Admiral Thrawn premiers in ‘Heir to the Empire’ by Timothy Zahn and helped catapult the Star Wars Expanded Universe into high gear.

His species, the Chiss, live in what the Republic and Empire know as the ‘Unknown Regions’. First encountered by representatives of the Republic (including some working for Darth Sidious), he was a Captain of the Chiss Expansionary Defense Fleet. His attitude of planning ahead to deal with threats and willingness to create situations which would allow a preemptive strike to deal with threats is very much in disagreement with his government and culture’s philosophy.

The military tactical genius can often predict his enemies strategies by studying their artwork. His first encounters with the Republic included the Trade Federation, a representative of Sidious, and smugglers. The smugglers taught him their language in exchange for learning some of his. Thrawn is an excellent teacher as well as a leader who inspires great loyalty.

Outbound Flight, Thrawn, Art by Dave Seeley

Thrawn, as a Member of the Chiss Expansionary Defense Force, Outbound Flight, Thrawn, Art by Dave Seeley

Thrawn has been known to defend his turf from conquest and slavers. Two of his fiercest opponents were Master C’baoth (Jedi Master) and Nuso Esva (Warlord and Enslaver). He also was fiercely determined to stop the slaver species known as the Vaagari, which traveled as nomads near Chiss space. He’s one of the few Imperial Officers who has defeated the Jedi.

Outcast eventually over disagreements with his leaders, he joins the Empire and becomes one of very few humans to rise the ranks, and the only one to  make Grand Admiral.

Thrawn strongly believes one government, one authority, is needed over the masses, due to the threats he’s seen in the unknown regions.

Early in his career he was assigned to the Dark Jedi Jerec’s command. Surviving that, he was assigned to the Unknown Regions for much of his Imperial career in command of a fleet, he returned after the Emperor’s death (Return of the Jedi) to take the reins and restore the glory of the Empire. Thrawn chose the Chimera as his flagship with Pellaeon as it’s Captain.

Thrawn has a unique talent to understand cultures by studying the art and using the cultural weaknesses against them in battle.

Featured In:

  • Outbound Flight – by Timothy Zahn (prequel era)
  • Choices of One – by Timothy Zahn  (rebellion era)

Thrawn Trilogy (first appearance)

  • Heir to the Empire
  • Dark Force Rising
  • The Last Command

Mentioned In:

  • Specter of the Past
  • Vision of the Future
  • Survivor’s Quest

His legacy would influence the Empire and the Chiss for long after he was gone.

 

 

“Learn about art, Captain,” Thrawn said, his voice almost dreamy. “When you understand a species’ art, you understand that species.” Timothy Zahn, Star Wars: Heir to the Empire, Bantam

 

Spoiler
Thrawn was killed by his Noghri bodyguard, Rukh, during the battle of the Bilbringi shipyards in retribution for the lies the Empire told to keep the Noghri people in debt.

 

 

Star Wars Heir to the Empire Review

Star Wars Heir to the Empire
Star Wars
Timothy Zahn
sci fi/fantasy
Bantam

It is a time of renewal, five years after the destruction of the Death Star and the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire.

But with the war seemingly won, strains are beginning to show in the Rebel Alliance. New challenges to galactic peace have arisen. And Luke Skywalker hears a voice from his past. A voice with a warning.

Beware the dark side….

First in a 3 book trilogy that fired up the Star Wars franchise novels.
This first book introduces thrilling new characters and challenges. The New Republic leadership is ripe with political backbiting. A new Imperial Warlord is uniting the remnants of the fleet and striking back successfully. And he has secrets of the Emperor and a dangerous new threat that could threaten Luke Skywalker, his friends and all they stand for.

The characters in these books are some of the most enduring of the Expanded Universe. It’s a can’t put down read that came out after a long hiatus and naturally it’s well loved. Mysterious species and unknown enemies this is a heart pounding adventure.

But the best thing is, that now if you get hooked you no longer need to wait a whole year until the next installment.

The Rest of the Trilogy:

Book 2: Dark Force Rising
Book 3: The Last Command

Characters Introduced:

  • Mara Jade,
  • Grand Admiral Thrawn,
  • Admiral Pellaon,
  • Talon Kardde,
  • Borsk Fey’lya

Other books / series / comics with these characters:

Books

  • I, Jedi
  • New Rebellion
  • The Corellian Trilogy
  • New Jedi Order
  • Legacy of the Force
Comics

  • Thrawn trilogy adaption
  • Mara Jade, by the Emperor’s Hand
  • Union

 

Other Star Wars Books by Zahn:

Outbound Flight (prequel era)

Scoundrels

Allegiance

Choices of One
Spectre of the Past

Vision of the Future

Survivor’s Quest

Other books / series with the characters created in these:

I, Jedi

New Rebellion

The Corellian Trilogy

New Jedi Order

Legacy of the Force

Comic / Graphic Novels with these Characters:

Thrawn trilogy adaption

Mara Jade, by the Emperor’s Hand

Union

 

 

 

 

Anakin Solo

Anakin Solo, from NJO Balance Point by Kathy Tyers. Japanese Cover.

Anakin Solo, from NJO Balance Point by Kathy Tyers. Japanese Cover.

A young Jedi, youngest son of Han Solo and Leia, grandson of Anakin Skywalker. He had ice blue eyes and dark hair. Anakin Solo had a unique talent for fixing machines and solving puzzles. He started at the Jedi Academy when he was 11 and went on numerous adventures with his best friend, Tahiri Veila. He fought in the Yuuzhan Vong war.

Featured In:

Dark Empire (baby)
Jedi Academy Trilogy (baby)
Corellian Trilogy
Crystal Star
Junior Jedi Knights
Young Jedi Knights (secondary character) The Lost Ones and Crisis on Crystal Reef
New Jedi Order

He stretched out farther into the Force, touching Tahiri again. She was in a dark place and he felt pain, or the fading of pain. He couldn’t tell where.
“Anakin”
That startled him. His name rang like a H’kig chime, nothing fuzzy about it.
“I’m coming Tahiri,” He whispered.
“Anakin”…but the sense of the words dissolved into emotion. Fear, grief, hope. Wordlessly he reached for her, to give her the equivalent of the squeeze on the hand, and found himself instead in a tight, desperate embrace.
“I’ll find you,” he projected to her. “Just hang on.”NJO-Edge of Victory I by Greg Keyes
Spoiler Content
Anakin died in battle fighting to destroy the Voxyn Queen, created by the Yuuzhan Vong to hunt and slaughter Jedi.
Trivia
Anakin Solo was one of the first Jedi characters revealed to be able to use the Force to see inside things like computers and technology, knowing if it was damaged even if he didn’t know what the device did and sometimes even able to use the Force to fix it.