Featuring the story of the rise of Grand Admiral Thrawn! VC's Clayton Cowles & Travis Lanham.
White, Mark Paniccia, Tom Groneman, Emily Newcomen, & C. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.. Star Wars is an American epic space opera franchise centered on a film series created by George Lucas. The film series began with Star Wars , released on May 25, 1977.
This was followed by two sequels: The Empire Strikes Back , released on May 21, 1980, and Return of the Jedi , released on May 25, 1983. Then more than two decades after the release of the original film, the series continued with a prequel trilogy; consisting of Episode I: The Phantom Menace , released on May 19, 1999; Episode II: Attack of the Clones , released on May 16, 2002; Episode III: Revenge of the Sith , released on May 19, 2005; and.
Finally the epic saga concluded with Star Wars: The Force Awakens released on December 18, 2015; Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released on December 18, 2017. And Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was released on December 20, 2019. Thrawn first appeared in the 1991 Timothy Zahn novel Heir to the Empire, the first installment of what became known as the first Thrawn trilogy. He is a grand admiral in the Imperial Navy, and categorically "the most brilliant of the Emperor's minions".
A member of the alien Chiss species, Thrawn is described as a tall, solidly built humanoid with blue skin and glowing red eyes who wears the white uniform befitting his rank. He has risen in power thanks to his "tactical brilliance and cunning", and has been described as "one of the most threatening antagonists" in the Star Wars universe. He is an unparalleled military strategist and tactical genius who has made extensive study of military intelligence and the artwork of other cultures, and the Thrawn trilogy finds him commanding the remnants of the Imperial Fleet in a series of stunning victories against the New Republic. Grand Admiral Thrawn (native name: Mitth'raw'nuruodo; birth name: Kivu'raw'nuru) took control of the Galactic Empire's remaining forces five years after the events of the 1983 film Return of the Jedi. He's one of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of Star Wars!Now, discover how Grand Admiral Thrawn became one of the most feared military tacticians in a galaxy far, far away. Now, Marvel Comics presents "Thrawn".
The story of the rise of The Grand Admiral! Mitt'hraw'nuruodo, better known as Lieutenant Thrawn of the Galactic Empire, graduated from the Imperial Academy with the highest marks possible.He's been assigned his own personal assistant, Ensign Eli Vanto, and is ascending quickly - but that doesn't mean everyone in the Imperial Navy wants him to succeed. And Thrawn isn't the Empire's only rising star - so is Arihnda Pryce. The two rivals' paths will cross, and tensions will run high, when they discover a dark secret within the Empire.. The comic starts with Imperial cadet Eli Vanto's log. Vanto is on a mission to study a mysterious settlement and crash site on an unnamed planet in Wild Space in accordance with the Unknown Alien protocols.
Due to his knowledge of Sy Bisti, Vanto is assigned by Captain Voss Parck with translating a series of crates. While Vanto reflects on legends about the Chiss, a mysterious Chiss warrior downs a V-wing starfighter using a Monofilament cable, kidnapping the pilot and stuffing his suit with pyussh berries. He also steals the pilot's blaster, spare power packs, and concussion grenades.The Chiss warrior straps explosives to the bodies of rodents and sends them scurrying through the Imperial camp, causing explosions. The Chiss warrior then downs a second V-wing using another monofilament cable.
After knocking out the pilot, he steals his comlink, blaster, power packs, and concussion grenade. The stranger uses these weapons to ambush and kill several Imperial Navy troopers.Captain Parck dispatches two squads of stormtroopers and an Imperial Troop Transport. However, the Chiss warrior ambushes and kills a stormtrooper, stealing his armor. Imperial troops find the missing stormtrooper's body. With the comlink channels disabled, Captain Park orders the Imperial mission to pull out.
He also orders that the hut and crates be brought aboard their Venator-class Star Destroyer Strikefast. Aboard the Strikefast's hangar, the disguised Chiss warrior emerges from a crate but is captured by stormtroopers. The captive Chiss is interrogated by Captain Parck, who is accompanied by Vanto. Vanto speaks to the Chiss warrior in Sy Bisti, a language spoken by the Chiss. The Chiss warrior introduces himself as Mitth'raw'nuruodo but allows them to call him Thrawn.
Thrawn tells the Imperials that he had been exiled to the uncharted planet because his people disagreed with his use of preemptive strikes. Due to his knowledge of the Chiss, Captain Parck assigns Cadet Vanto with serving as Thrawn's liaison, translator, and aide to Thrawn. He also tasks Vanto with coaching Thrawn in Galactic Basic. Vanto learns that Captain Parck intends to take Thrawn to Coruscant, believing that the Emperor Palpatine wuld be interested in him. Parck assigns Vanto with learning as much about Thrawn's homeworld and people.Vanto meets with Thrawn in his cell. Thrawn deduces that Vanto is unwilling to act as translator, assistant or interrogator. Vanto does not have lofty ambitions and only aspires to be a logistics and supply officer. Thrawn takes an interest in Vanto, which startles Vanto who questions why Thrawn is not interested in Captain Parck and the Emperor. Thrawn tells Vanto that as a translator, he holds his words and their meanings in their hands. Thrawn adds that Vanto is connected to his immediate survival. At the Imperial Palace, Captain Parck presents Thrawn to the Emperor in his throne room.
Thrawn tells the Emperor that he is a resource whom he has never seen the like of before. When the Emperor queries, Thrawn tells the Emperor that there are threats lurking in the Unknown Regions that will someday find his Empire. He offers to help the Emperor seek out and eliminate these dangers.
Thrawn is prepared to gamble with the Emperor over the fate of his people. The Emperor asks Thrawn if he will choose the Empire over his people if a threat rose against his people. Thrawn affirms his loyalty to the Emperor and says that Anakin Skywalker can vouch for him. The Emperor realizes that Thrawn was the Chiss he had been expecting when Parck's message arrived. When Vader asks if Skywalker survived the Clone Wars, the Emperor lies that he did not.Thrawn says that he mourns Skywalker's passing, describing him as a cunning and courageous warrior. The Emperor tells Thrawn that Skywalker bad briefed him about his talents and abilities before his passing. Thrawn volunteers to serve as the Emperor's adviser on the Unknown Regions in return that his translator Vanto be transferred to duty at his side. After learning from Parck that Vanto has three months before graduating from the Myomar Academy, the Emperor decrees that Vanto will complete his training at the Royal Imperial Academy on Coruscant. At the Royal Imperial Academy, Thrawn and Vanto are greeted by an unsympathetic Commandant Deenlark, who enrols Thrawn in a three-month orientation course.
Deenlark also grants Thrawn the rank of lieutenant. In private, Vanto tells Thrawn that Deenlark awarded him with the rank of lieutenant not out of the goodness of his heart but rather to undermine his standing among the other cadets.Vanto explains that the other students may mistake him for Deenlark's pet or a failed officer who has been sent back for a refresher. Thrawn endures xenophobic harassment and taunting from some Imperial cadets. Later, Thrawn and Vanto are invited to the metallurgy lab to play cards with the well-connected Spenc Orbar and his friend Rosita Turuy. Vanto warns it is a trap but Thrawn responds that sometimes walking into a trap is the best strategy because there are few traps that cannot be turned against their designers. In the metallurgy lab, Orbar reveals that he and Turuy invited them her because he wanted to pick Thrwan's brain on tactics and strategy for his battle simulation classes. After discussing the King's Lane card, Orbar challenges Thrawn to a game of Highland Challenge.
Despite Orbar holding a King's Lane card, Thrawn is able to turn the tables. When an instructor stumbles upon them, Thrawn reassures him that Cadets Orbar and Turuy were running a test that he and Vanto were observing. Before leaving, Thrawn tells Orbar never to forget there is no such thing as a guaranteed winning hand.
While walking, Thrawn teaches Vanto about anticipating his enemy before shoving him over a hedge. Shortly later, Thrawn is attacked by several hooded cadets. Vanto comes to Thrawn's aid by hurling dirt at them, blinding the attackers.Thrawn manages to fight them off long enough for other cadets to arrive. Thrawn is unconcerned by his own injuries and says that predators strike a balance between silence and speed. Following the incident, Vanto and Thrawn submit comlink records to Commandant Deenlark as evidence that Cadets Orbar and Turuy instigated the attack on Thrawn.
Since Orbay and his accomplices were well-connected and protected, Deenlark fears the political repercussions if he takes disciplinary action against them. To avoid political entanglements, Thrawn advises Deenlark to send Orbar's accomplices for starfighter pilot training at the Skystrike Academy due to combat reflexes.
He convinces Deenlark to send the three troublemakers to the Skystrike Academy incommunicado in order to frighten Orbar into rectifying his behavior. While disagreeing with Thrawn for bypassing the proper Academy processes, Deenlark accepts Thrawn's solution out of political expediency. Three months later, Thrawn and Vanto are assigned their first postings in the Imperial Navy. Lieutenant Thrawn is assigned as the second weapons officer aboard the Gozanti-class cruiser Blood Crow while Ensign Vanto is assigned to serve as an aide to Thrawn aboard the Blood Crow. Vanto is dismayed and thinks that Thrawn set him up with the Emperor.
Thrawn responds that the Emperor has not spoken with him since their first meeting. Thrawn reassures a disappointed Vanto that the Blood Crow is scheduled for duty in border sectors where Sy Bisti is spoken. Thrawn offers to refuse the posting, but Vanto points out that the Navy doesn't change orders because junior officers don't like them. Thrawn and Vanto accept the situation.Vanto reflects that Chiss do not make idle boasts or promises and that they persist once they set their mind to something. While the character Colonel Mosh Barris appears during the Empire's first contact with Thrawn in the original Thrawn novel, most of his speaking parts in the comic adaptation are assumed by Captain Voss Parck. In the original novel, Barris commands the scouting expedition on the uncharted world and makes the decision to withdraw back to the Strikefast against the orders of Captain Parck. While serving aboard the Gozanti-class cruiser Blood Crow, Captain Filia Rossi objects to Lieutenant Thrawn's collection of Clone Wars relics: a droideka, two buzz droids, half a STAP platform, and part of a hyperdrive docking ring.
Regarding them as junk, she orders Thrawn to dump them before his next watch. Thrawn tells Vanto that he has managed to restore the buzz droids to working condition. Vanto hopes that Captain Rossi does not figure that the droids are work since she would have taken them for herself.A month later, Thrawn and Vanto are assigned to lead a crew to retrieve tibanna gas from the derelict freighter Dromedar. Vanto and the technicians Layneo and Jakeeb complain about dust and having to retrieve static-locked cargo. Thrawn learns that tibanna is static locked due to its highly explosive and valuable nature.
The pilot Ensign Merri Barlin is unable to detect life-form readings due to the static screwing up her sensors. While Thrawn and Barlin approach the bridge, Vanto along with Layneo and Jakeeb to the freighter's engine section. There, they encounter a human man named Nevil Cygni who claims that he is a freighter crew member and that the crew had been kidnapped by pirates. Cygni tells them that Captain Fitz locked the hyperdrive before the pirates could get to it.Thrawn tells Vanto to contact Captain Rossi to tell her to bring a fully operational crew while they attempt to restart the hyperdrive. If they are unable to do it, he recommends disengaging the static-locks and transferring the tibanna cyinders to the Blood Crow. However, Captain Rossi is unable to help since the Blood Crow has been diverted to prevent a conflict between the Makurth and Ho'din on Moltok. Vanto convinces Rossi to allow Thrawn to remain aboard the Dromedar in order to restart the freighter's hyperdrive. While Barlin and Layneo attempt to restart the hyperdrive, Thrawn, Vanto, and Jakeeb focus on acquiring the tibanna gas. Thrawn has also brought a buzz droid in an attempt to unlock the tibanna cylinders. Barlin manages to reactivate the hyperdrive. Before they can travel to Ansion, Cygni holds Thrawn and his comrades at gunpoint, revealing that he is one of the pirates. He convinces Thrawn to order Barlin and and Layneo to surrender in order to avoid bloodshed.
With the Imperials disarmed, Cygni and Angel discuss bringing the Dromedar and its cargo of tibanna to port. Out of respect for Thrawn, Cygni warns Angel not to harm any of the prisoners.He also allows Angel to take one of Thrawn's buzz droids due to its valuable doonium shell. Thrawn and the Imperials are locked in the cargo hold of the Marauder with Captain Fitz and the crew of the Dromedar, which include two Gran and a Togruta. Vanto tells her not to give up hope and Thrawn tells them to wait until Cygni and the others have reboarded the Dromedar and jumped to lightspeed. Thrawn discusses their escape plans with the Imperial crew and Captain Fitz. Thrawn reveals that he has modified the spare plaque that Commandant Deenlark gave him into a beckon call, which he uses to activate the buzz droid which Angel had brought aboard the Marauder.
The buzz droid cuts open the bars of the cell, allowing Thrawn and the other prisoners to break free and overpower the pirates. After disarming their captors, Thrawn assigns Ensign Vanto, Tech Jakeeb and Captain Fitz with guarding the prisoners. He sends Ensign Baylin and Tech Layeno to take over the control system. Despite Thrawn's role in rescuing the crew of the Dromedar, Captain Rossi is furious with Thrawn for choosing to save the crew over retrieving the tibanna cargo. Captain Rossi suspends Thrawn and Vanto from duty and orders them to remain on Ansion while the Blood Crow finishes its patrol.
Despite this setback, Thrawn reassures Vanto they can make use of their time on Ansion. At the Imperial prison, Thrawn plays "good cop" with the three surviving pirate prisoners. Since the pirates are the remnants of Q'anah's Marauders, Thrawn plays on their fears of Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin by offering them safe passage from Ansion if they identify the system where Cygni and Angel have taken the Dromedar to remove the tibanna. Thrawn then leaves the room for the pirates to ponder his offer.The pirates discuss their plans in Sy Bisti, thinking that Thrawn does not understand the language. However, Thrawn and Vanto are observing the conversation from a computer screen. Thrawn and Vanto learn that Cygni and Angel are traveling with the tibanna to Uba in the Barsa sector. On Coruscant, Lieutenant Thrawn is cleared by an Imperial panel of charges of insubordination during the Dromedar mission. Following the hearing, Thrawn and Vanto discuss their observations that the Empire is channeling vast amounts of resources, labor, and funds into a secret project that the Imperial Senate and Finance Ministry are not privy to. Thrawn enlists Vanto's help in investigating this mysterious project. Short later, Ensign Vanto is visited by an elderly human woman named Culper, who serves as an aide to Moff Ghadi. Culper offers Vanto a well-paid job as an assistant military attache to the Governor of a prestigious Inner Rim system.
She tries to entice Vanto with the offer of being promoted to a senior command position. Despite the lucrative offer, Vanto realizes that Moff Ghadi is plotting sabotage Thrawn's career in the Imperial Navy. Vanto declines the offer, preferring to serve his three more years of Imperial Naval service with Thrawn. Culper reveals her dislike for Thrawn when she blames Thrawn for costing the Empire hundreds of thousands of credits by choosing to save the crew of the Blood Crow over retrieving the tibanna.
Before leaving, Culper warns Vanto that he will be serving as Ensign for a long time. Arihnda Pryce, an aide of Lothal's Senator Domus Renking, and her friends Juahir Madras and Driller MarDapp attend an Ascension Week party at the upmarket Alisandre Hotel in Coruscant.
While Juahir and Driller are in a jovial mood, Pryce is still bitter about the loss of her family's mine on Lothal two years earlier. Since Uvis already owns 30 percent of the company, Pryce realizes that this would give Governor Azadi a controlling stake in Pryce Mining. She rejects Uvis' offer and orders him to leave. Several days later, Pryce learns from her distraught father Talmoor that her mother Elainye Pryce has been arrested on trumped charges of embezzlement.Pryce turns to Senator Renking, who tells her that he is unable to lift the embezzlement charge. Since Azadi is conspiring to take over Pryce Mining, Renking convinces Pryce to sign over her family's company to the Galactic Empire. Caught between "a rock and a hard place, " Pryce opts to sell her family's company over to the Empire in return for a job at one of Renking's citizen assistance offices on Coruscant. Returning to the present, Driller notices Senior Lieutenant Thrawn among a group of human Imperial officers, mistaking him for a Pantoran with an eye condition.
Senator Renking introduces Pryce Colonel Wullf Yularen and Ensign Eli Vanto, and Thrawn, whom he describes as a rising star in the Imperial Navy. Thrawn is modest about his achievements and acknowledges Vanto's role.
Colonel Yularen explains that he is helping Thrawn cultivate allies in response to opponents who dislike his methods. Senator Renking sends Pryce to deliver a white and blue datacard to Moff Ghadi. Moff Ghadi permits Pryce into his plush quarters.
While the Moff's datapad processes the datacard, Ghadi invites her to treat herself to his liquor cabinet. Pryce declines the offer, preferring to look at his art collection. However, Pryce recognizes that this is a different datacard due to its white and orange coloring. Unable to fool Pryce, Ghadi instead blackmails her into returning the falsified data card to Renking by spraying her with the illegal drug polstine spice, which carries a life prison sentence.
He threatens to report her to the authorities if she refuses. Pryce has no choice but to comply. As a result of the falsified data card, Senator Renking faces allegations of financial and corporate discrepancies.
Due to a cut in funding, Renking closes several of his outlying citizen assistance offices and lays off several staff members including Pryce. In private, Renking chastises Pryce for allowing herself to be blackmailed by Ghadi.
Pryce responds that Renking took advantage of her. Renking responds that she is a fool for believing there to be trust in politics. Six months later, Pryce has found work at the Proam Avenue Citizen Assistance. Driller and Juahir invite Pryce for dinner at a fancy Coruscant restaurant called the Pinnacle.
Juahir has found work as a martial arts instructor training bodyguards at the Yinchom Dojo. Driller is running the Higher Skies Advocacy Group and tells Juahir that he is looking for a mining expert.Pryce accepts the job offer, seeking a career in politics and lodging at Juahir's apartment. Pryce also takes up martial arts training at the Yinchom Dojo where she is tutored by Ottlis Dos, one of Juahir's top students. One day, the dojo is visited by the now Captain Thrawn, Colonel Yularen, Ensign Vanto, and two Imperial Security Bureau officers.
Juahir introduces herself to Thrawn, who remembers their first meeting at the Alisandre Hotel. Colonel Yularen is here to visit the dojo's Togorian owner H'sishi in order to check her dojo's credentials. Under the pretext of training for a possible urban combat unit, Thrawn asks to spar with H'sishi.Thrawn bests H'sishi in combat, earning each other's mutual respect. H'sishi is impressed with the Chiss' martial arts skills while Thrawn seeks to learn Togorian martial arts. Before Thrawn leaves, Pryce tells him that she works for an advocacy group called Higher Skies. Thrawn promises to stay in contact. Later, Ottlis Dos invites Pryce to a training session at his employer's office. However, Ottlis is working as Moff Ghadi's bodyguard and leads her into a trap. Having a better grasp of political intrigue, Pryce exploits Ghadi's animosity towards Senator Renking by revealing her dislike for her former employer. She tells Ghadi that Renking engineered the Imperial takeover of her family's mining company. Satisfied with Pryce's political savvy, Ghadi demands to know who hired Higher Skies to destroy him.
Ghadi complains that his confidential financial information was stolen and that one of his mines was hit by raiders after a Higher Skies employee visited him. Ghadi thinks that it is Renking or another Moff such as his rival Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin. Threatening to frame her again for stealing confidential files, Ghadi enlists Pryce as a double agent in spying on Higher Skies and copying their files and conversations.
To escape Moff Ghadi's machinations, Pryce secretly meets with a disguised Thrawn at Gilroy Plaza Diner. She tells Thrawn that Ghadi is blackmailing her into spying on Higher Skies. Thrawn counsels Pryce to hold on to the information until the time is right for him to pass it to Colonel Yularen. Seeking to cultivate Thrawn as an ally, Pryce offers to help Ensign Vanto get his long overdue promotion and to speed up the Thunder Wasp's repairs. Thrawn accepts Pryce's help and advises her to exploit Ghadi's fears and enemies.Taking Thrawn's advice, Pryce secures a meeting with Grand Moff Tarkin under the pretext of representing Higher Skies. She reveals that Higher Skies has been using a thief program to steal information from government officials and tells Tarkin of her suspicion that Higher Skiers are a rebel front group.
Pryce reveals that she has been working as a double agent for Thrawn and Colonel Yularen, using a double-layer thief program. Pryce tells Tarkin that all Thrawn requested in return for helping her was a long overdue promotion for his aide Vanto. Pryce reveals that Moff Ghadi has been stalling Vanto's promotion. Pryce also presents a recording showing that Ghadi had conspired to steal Higher Skies' information on Tarkin in order to topple another high government official.
Tarkin is grateful to Pryce for exposing Higher Skies and eliminating his political rival Ghadi. He asks her what she wants in return.
Pryce tells Tarkin that she wants the Governorship of Lothal in order to humiliate Governor Azadi and Senator Renking for costing her family their home and mining business. She offers Tarkin valuable information on Lothal's resources to the Empire. Tarkin accepts Pryce's help and request but opines that some would consider trading her homeworld as a betrayal.
Pryce counters that she is showing loyalty to her new homeworld. " Seeking to settle scores with Juahir for "betraying her, Pryce personally accompanies Colonel Yularen and the ISB when they arrest Juahir Madras at Yinchom Dojo.
Juahir had been using her positing as a martial arts instructor to recruit bodyguards into spying on their bosses. Pryce asks Juahir if she was ever a friend or just a tool for her. A distraught Pyrce reiterates that she was a friend and that she had joined Driller's espionage operation after Senator Renking had fired Pryce; believing the system to be corrupt. Pryce does not fully accept Juahir's explanation and still believes that Juahir tried to use her. When Juahir pleads for help in return for their friendship, Pryce tells Juahir to cooperate with Colonel Yularen in return for escaping execution.Pryce says that she is on the road to power and hints that she can pull some strings to secure Juahir's release in a few years. As a final jab at Juahir, Pryce tells her that she should have chosen her friends better. Commander Thrawn and Ensign Eli Vanto are dispatched aboard the Arquitens-class light cruiser Thunder Wasp to mediate a land dispute on the planet Cyphar between the indigenous Cyphari Afe clan and a group of human colonists encroaching on their territory. Vanto links the dispute to an increase in shellfish exports over the past four months.
Vanto is aware of reports that someone named Nightswan is showing the human smugglers how to smuggle their contraband inside the shellfish. Thrawn realizes that Nightswan is inviting them to intervene. Thrawn links Nightswan's activities to growing rebel attacks and smuggling activities.
He believes that Cyphar is Nightswan's latest front. Commander Thrawn and Ensign Vanto meets the human colonists' leaders including Mayor Pord Benchel, Lenora Scath, Clay Tanoo, and Brigte Polcery, who claim they were attacked by the Cyphari and demand justice. Thrawn responds that he is merely investigating and that his next task is to view the disputed territory, having accepted an invitation from the Cyphari Chief Joko. Aboard the Thunder Wasp, Thrawn and Vanto discuss their investigation into the human colonists.
Vanto thinks that Scath, Polcery and Tanoo were conspiring with Nightswan to export doonium inside shellfish. However, he thinks that Mayor Benchel has been duped.
Thrawn agrees with Vanto's conclusion and decide they should continue their investigation by visiting Chief Joko. Inside the clan meeting house, Chief Joko tells Thrawn and Vanto that the human colonists are the aggressors, blaming them for border incursions and raids. When questioned, Joko admits that his clan did cross the border into the Hollenside Enclave in reprisal attacks. Thrawn asks Joko to take him and Vanto to the site of the first human incursions. At the site, Thrawn notices that the grain crops are stunted.
Thrawn advises Joko not to send his guards to pursue the human intruders and to evacuate families and children. Thrawn promises that the raids will end tonight. While waiting inside the Cyphari meeting house at night, Vanto concludes that the stunted plants were affected by heavy metal poisoning, suggesting that the vein of ore is near the surface. He reasons that is the reason why the humans are raiding Cyphari land. Using their macrobinoculars, Vanto and Thrawn spot several colonists including Tanoo arriving in landspeeders.
Consulting Imperial files, Vanto discovers that Clay Tanoo's brother had been arrested for spice possession, specifically a rare variety called scarn that forms under grain fields. With the trap laid, Commander Thrawn orders that the shuttles and stormtroopers be dispatched to the Cyphari land for prisoner retrieval. He also orders that Lieutenant Gimm and the TIE fighter escort be ready to launch. While Thrawn disables the colonists' landspeeders, Vanto uses his blaster to stun the raiders. Mr Tanoo tries to escape but is trapped by Thrawn.
Tanoo claims that it wasn't his idea and that it was Polcery's idea. However, Thrawn responds that Tanoo had ample opportunity to sabotage these activities but he did not. Thrawn tells Tanoo that he is aware that Tanoo was the one who refined the pre-spice for smuggling. When Thrawn asks which of their group invited Nightswan as an adviser, Tanoo identifies Scath as Nightswan's contact.Thrawn orders the Thunder Wasp and Lieutenant Gimm's TIE fighters to raze the vein of scarn beneath the Cyphari land. Thrawn tries to explain that destroying the vein would deter future raiders but Chief Joko is furious at the damage to his clan's farmland.
Disagreeing with Thrawn's methods of protecting his people, he appeals to Coruscant. Thrawn is summoned back to Coruscant. Vanto is shocked that Coruscant is upset with Thrawn despite his role in ending the Cyphar dispute and exposing a criminal conspiracy. He explains that the Imperial Navy wants commanders who follow procedures and seek their advice.
He observes that many Admirals feel threatened when lower-ranking officers solve a problem without them since they want to take the credit for it. At the Imperial military hearing, Thrawn explains to the panel that he seeks a high rank in order to solve problems.
Thrawn admits that he is not politically astute but defends his actions. Thrawn is subsequently cleared of wrongdoing on Cyphar. He and Vanto are summoned for an assembly of Imperial military officers. A high-ranking female officer promotes Thrawn to Commodore and Vanto to Lieutenant Commander; rectifying a situation that has been allowed to stand for too long.
Later, Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin visits Commodore Thrawn and Lieutenant Commander Vanto to convey Governor Arihnda Pryce's regards. He reassures Thrawn that Pryce is settling well to her new post.
Tarkin wishes Thrawn and Vanto all the best with hunting enemies of the Empire down. Aboard the Chimaera, Commodore Thrawn and Lieutenant Commander Vanto take part in various operations including discovering that the Empire is transporting Wookiee slaves and the Battle at Lansend Twenty-Six. Later, Thrawn is promoted to the rank of Admiral and assigned command of the Ninety-Sixth Task Force. Admiral Thrawn is invited by Fleet Admiral Jok Donassius to a security briefing. Also present are Admiral Durril of the Imperial Star Destroyer Judicator and Admiral Kinshara of the Imperial Star Destroyer Stalwart, Governor Restos of Batonn, Governor Wistran of Denash, Governor Pryce of Lothal, and Imperial Security Bureau Colonel Wullf Yularen.Yularen activates the holoprojector and explains that there has been a rise in insurgent activities in the Batonn sector for several months. He explains that they have some indications that some of these groups have started working together; a trend they need to stamp out before it spreads. Governor Restos asks Colonel Yularen why four Governors are present when there are only three task force commanders. Colonel Yularen responds that the Lothalian insurgents are being dealt with by Admiral Kassius Konstantine and that Governor Pryce is present to observe the proceedings as her system is also facing an insurgency.
With Governor Restos mollified, Colonel Yularen informs that they will start with Batonn, assigning Thrawn with the task of pacifying the insurgents. Colonel Yularen briefs the Imperial officers and governors that insurgents have captured the Imperial garrison on Scrim Island, seizing its deflector shield and three ion cannons. Thrawn wants to study the situation but Admiral Durril demands that Scrim Island be recaptured lest the Empire's reputation be tarnished.Thrawn counters that destroying the island would kill the hostages and that he needs more time for reconnaissance and planning. An enraged Durril disagrees and tells Thrawn that his Ninety-Sixth Task Force can go to Sammun instead. Thrawn says that he will go wherever the Navy wishes. In private, Vanto tells Admiral Thrawn that the other Imperials disapproved of his decision not to attack Scrim Island immediately. Thrawn responds that Admiral Durril has a tendency to value speed over precision, which can lead to miscalculation. Thrawn thinks that Durril's failure will be costly. Having studied Sammuni art, Thrawn sends Commander Faro to pacify the insurgents on Sammun. Commander Faro and Commander Vanto initially disagree with Thrawn's decision, but Thrawn reassures them that Fleet Admiral Donassius only stated that the Ninety-Sixth Task Force was to deal with the insurgents and made no explicit references to him. Thrawn departs with Vanto aboard the captured pirate freighter Slipknot, intending to observe Admiral Durril's attempts to retake Scrim Island. In several panels in the comic book, text bubbles are linked to Durril, when earlier in the issue and in the novel Thrawn, the dialogue originates from Jok Donassius. Aboard the freighter Slipknot, Admiral Thrawn and Commander Eli Vanto watch as Admiral Durril's One Oh Third Task Force engages with the Batonn insurgents on Scrim Island. The island is defended by a deflector shield. Thrawn notices that the insurgents are attacking the Judicator's portside flank, opposite to the direction of an insurgent freighter flying eastward from the island. Under Thrawn's instruction, Vanto contacts the pirate freighter, positing as the weapons smuggler Horatio Figg and the captain of the Slipknot. Thrawn explains that this is his plan to get an invitation to visit Nightswan's base. Thrawn manages to gain the freighter crew's trust by posing as an arms dealer interested in purchasing their weapons. The freighter crew send Vanto the coordinates of the insurgent's base aboard the freighter Nomad. Before embarking on their mission, Thrawn transmits an emergency distress signal on Admiral Durril's behalf. At Thrawn's behest, Vanto disguises himself as a weapons smuggler who has stolen an Imperial officer's uniform.
He also outfits Vanto with a lieutenant's plaque that has been modified with a remote and a hidden holdout blaster. Thrawn tells Vanto that he will be engineering their escape aboard the Slipknot. After landing aboard the Nomad, Vanto is searched by the insurgents, who seize his holdout blaster.One of the insurgents tell Vanto that their boss wants to see him. Vanto discovers that the insurgent leader is Nevil Cygni, whom he encountered years earlier during the Dromedar incident. Nevil thinks that Thrawn is commanding the assault on Scrim Island and that Thrawn sent Vanto to seek him. Nevil tells Vanto that he first heard about Thrawn fighting alongside the Jedi General Anakin Skywalker during the Clone Wars. Nevil's followers inform him that the Slipknot's engine compartment is showing a radiation leak.
Vanto responds that he is a Commander with several victories up his ledger. Their conversation is interrupted by a radiation leak explosion. Vanto takes this as his cue to activate Thrawn's modified rank insignia, which causes his captured holdout blaster to explode. Vanto fights his way through the insurgents and escapes with Thrawn aboard a stolen insurgent freighter. The two then return to join the Imperial fleet.Thrawn tells Vanto that he picked the freighter in order to acquire navigational records that might lead them to insurgent bases and supply lines. Vanto confirms that Nightswan is indeed the Batonn insurgents' leader. Thrawn compliments Vanto for his actions and tells him that he did not reveal Nightswan's identity because he wanted Vanto's performance to be genuine.
After returning to the Chimaera, Admiral Thrawn and Commander Vanto attend a holobriefing with Admiral Kinshara, Fleet Admiral Jok Donassius, and Admiral Durril. Admiral Durill apologizes for his failed assault on Scrim Island and says that he has ordered repairs to his ships in anticipation for a second assault. Meanwhile, Admiral Kinshara reports that he has defeated the insurgents on Denash but that prisoner interrogation suggests that most of their forces have already transferred to Batonn. Thrawn reports that Sammun has been pacified with two enemy ships destroyed, fur ships captures, and a large amount of small arms ordnance captured. Fleet Admiral Donassius inquires whether Thrawn was absent from the engagement.Thrawn responds that the action was carried out under his direction. Due to the damage inflicted on Durril's forces, Donassius orders the Admiral to bring his task force to the Marleyvane shipyards for repairs.
The Fleet Admiral asks Thrawn about how much time he needs to gather intelligence on the Batonn insurgents. Thrawn calmly responds that he has finished gathering intelligence and is ready to eliminate the insurgents. Thrawn's assault on Scrim Island occurs offscreen. Several days after the recapture of Scrim Island, the Empire is laying siege to the Creekpath Mining and Refining complex, which has been taken over by the Batonn insurgents. Admiral Thrawn and Commander Vanto meet with Colonel Wullf Yularen and Governor Arihnda Pryce.
Vanto and Thrawn explain that the insurgents are protected by a deflector shield and that there are approximately 30,000 civilians within the complex's boundaries. Pryce reveals that she is here because two of the civilians are her parents. Colonel Yularen briefs Thrawn and Vanto about Pryce's proposal to infiltrate Creekpath and study the insurgents' defenses and weapons set-up while visiting her parents. Yularen thinks this would be an opportunity for them to take down the shield generator. When Thrawn expresses concern about Pryce's public profile, Pryce responds that she will be traveling undercover with the Imperial Security Bureau Agent Gudry.
Yularen explains that their cover story will be that they are hunting down a friend mixed up in the mine situation. Thrawn reluctantly approves the plan since it does not involve Pryce taking part in a dispute but expresses concern that they don't know her parent's loyalties.
Pryce reassures Thrawn that she is capable of looking after herself and reiterates that he needs the information. In private, Colonel Yularen gives Vanto a set of passcodes, telling him to keep an eye on Thrawn. Yularen questions Thrawn's decision to position the three damaged light cruisers Shyrack, Flensor, and Tumnor at disadvantageous positions above Batonn.
He explains that they would be vulnerable to enemy starships and too far from the Chimaera to render support. Vanto reassures Yularen that Thrawn is thinking strategically. Yularen expresses concern that Cygni is getting beneath his skin and tells Vanto to keep an eye on him.
At the Pryce Residence in Creekpath, Pryce's father Talmoor asks why his daughter is wearing a blonde wig and eye lenses. Pryce responds that she is here unofficially and claims that her friend "Mattai" is looking for a friend in the mine area.
"Mattai" supports Pryce's account. Talmoor defends the insurgents as heroes fighting for their rights against a "repressive and dangerous" government. Pryce thinks her father is painting the Empire with a broad brush but he responds that Governor Restos and his friends are corrupt. Pryce promises to look into the matter. When "Mattai" claims that his friend may have been pressganged by the insurgents, Talmoor agrees to help them find his friend but that they will obey the insurgents' instructions to leave.
Pryce discreetly swaps her mother Elainye Pryce's comlink with her own since she plans to evacuate the mine before the Imperial attack. While traveling to the mine, Talmoor blames Governor Restos for not sending troops to secure the mine. He explains that the insurgents had captured the mine's DSS-02 regional shield and expelled the operators before they knew what was happening.Pryce uses her mother's comlink to tell Talmoor that she doesn't feel well and that they need to return. This gives Pryce and Talmoor the pretext to return home. "Mattai" accepts their explanation even though he is suspicious Returning to her family's home, Pryce tells Talmoor and Elainye that the fake comlink voice message was a pretext to get them away from Mattai. She warns her parents that there is going to be a big battle and that they need to pack. Talmoor responds that he does not think the Governor will attack the mine. Pryce responds that there is an Imperial task force above Batonn with orders to neutralize the insurgents. Elainye tells her daughter not to panic but Pryce reiterates her warning. Talmoor tells his wife their daughter is right. When Elainye asks about their friends who work in the mine, Pryce responds that she is not her for them but only for her parents. Meanwhile, Admiral Thrawn contacts Nevil Cygni in his office aboard the Chimaera using a frequency found in the records of the stolen freighter. When Cygni asks why Thrawn has contacted him without issuing an ultimatum, Thrawn replies that he wishes to speak to Cygni face to face with no barriers between them. The comic implies that Admiral Thrawn's three light cruisers Shyrack, Flensor, and Tumnor were damaged during Admiral Durril's first assault on Scrim Island. The original Thrawn novel makes it clear that the light cruisers were damaged during the second assault on Scrim Island commanded by Thrawn. Thrawn used the three light cruisers as decoys to draw the insurgents' fire so that the Chimaera could bombard the insurgents' defenses. Admiral Thrawn lands his shuttle outside the Creekpath Mining and Refining complex. The Batonn insurgents' leader Nevil Cygni is pleased that Thrawn is a man of his word.
Thrawn replies that Cygni is no use to him dead or captured. Thrawn explains that he had stationed a second buzz droid on the Marauder's hull as a backup.
Cygni responds that he played to Thrawn's sense of obligation. Thrawn replies that obligations are not a stable basis for a relationship except if he was in the Mining Guild.
Cygni asks Thrawn how he was aware of his Mining Guild background. Thrawn responds that Cygni had taken advantage of the disappearance of doonium from the Imperial metal markets. Cygni admits that he was involved in doonium smuggling but he did it to help those hurt by the Empire. He tells Thrawn that he is aware of rumors that the Empire was running a secret project that consumed vast amounts of doonium, iridium and other metals. Cygni tells Thrawn that he has heard rumors of entire planets being strip-mined.Thrawn responds that he is also investigating this mysterious Imperial project. Cygni then asks Thrawn why he continues to serve the Empire despite not being blind to its evil. Thrawn responds that there are things in the galaxy far more evil than the Empire and far more dangerous to all living beings. Thrawn explains that he sought out the Empire to discover if they would serve better as allies or as easier prey than his people. Thrawn tells Cygni he wanted to study the Empire's political and military structure.
Cygni tells Thrawn that his Imperial uniform has blinded him to reality. Cygni refuses to abandon his people and join Thrawn in his fight for a better Empire.
Thrawn clarifies that he is seeking to offer Cygni a position with the Chiss Ascendancy. Back at the Pryce Residence, Elainye Pryce insists on packing Arihnda Pryce's childhood records. Pryce gives her mother fifteen minutes.
When Pryce tells him that she wanted to evacuate her parents, he responds that this is a search and destroy mission. Gudry reveals that he has attached remote bombs to the mine's explosive's cache and shield generator. Pryce insists that her parents accompany her but Gudry raises his blaster. Pryce hurls several datacards at Gudry.
She and Gudry struggle for the gun. Gudry strikes her in the head but Pryce uses her martial arts skills to break his wrist. Pryce then shoots Gudry dead.
Pryce tells her shocked mother that Gudry was going to leave her and Talmoor behind. She tells them that they are leaving.
Meanwhile, Cygni considers Thrawn's offer but refuses to abandon his followers. Thrawn promises that if the insurgents disperse and leave their weapons behind, this will be the end. However, Cygni does not trust the Empire and believes that their struggle is not over. Despite their conflicting ideologies and goals, the two respect each other as worthy adversaries.
Thrawn asks Cygni if he would reconsider joining the Chiss Ascendancy if Thrawn were to aid him in his search for answers about the Empire's mysterious project. However, Cygni thinks this would make little difference since Thrawn serves the Empire. Cygni believes that this project represents a great deal of Imperial resources. Thrawn reveals that he also serves the Chiss Ascendancy and that he would reconsider his allegiance to the Empire if this project poses a threat to his people. While Cygni is sympathetic to Thrawn's efforts to unearth the Empire's mysterious project, Cygni is unwilling to abandon his followers.
Before leaving, Thrawn tells Cygni that he has read about the Nightswan and how it sings only as night falls. When Thrawn asks why Cygni would cling to a cause despite having little chance of success, Cygni responds that a man must do what he must...
Even if his stand is against the fall of eternal night. Meanwhile, Pryce and her parents approach the insurgents' perimeter. Pryce tells the guard that her mother is sick and that she needs to get them out.
The guard asks for their identity cards but Talmoor tells them that is not necessary. At that point, Imperial forces begin bombarding the perimeter of the Creekpath mine. While the guards are distracted, Pryce shoots them. When her parents ask what happened, Pryce claims that the guards were killed by shrapnel.
Aboard the Imperial Star Destroyer Chimaera, Admiral Thrawn briefs Commanders Eli Vanto and Karyn Faro and Colonel Wullf Yularen about the siege of the Creekpath Mining and Refining complex. Thrawn tells Colonel Yularen that his plan is to proceed with the assault if they have not heard from Governor Pryce and Agent Gudry. Thrawn also orders Commander Faro to prepare the Chimaera for combat.
Shortly later, the insurgent ships exit hyperspace in groups of ten. Thrawn orders Vanto to contact the ground commanders to bombard the western and northern perimeters of the Creekpath insurgents until the shield is down. As the insurgent ships approach the light cruisers, Thrawn tells Vanto that he is prepared to gamble on whether he read Nightswan correctly.Meanwhile, Governor Pryce and her parents approach the Imperial perimeter where they are greeted by several stormtroopers. The stormtrooper commander informs Pryce that Colonel Yularen had sent a rescue team to her parents' house. Pryce claims she was separated from Gudry. The commander evacuates Pryce and her parents while leaving the last transport for the rescue team. Back in space, Faro asks why the enemy cruisers are not firing on the light cruisers. Thrawn explains that the attackers were never going to fire on defenseless cruisers due to Nightswan's orders.
He reminds them that Nightswan ordered his pirates to spare the lives of prisoners. Vanto and Faro question Thrawn's decision to trust that Nightswan would never fire on defenseless Imperial cruisers.Thrawn tells his commanders to be patient. At that point, the light cruisers disgorge several TIE fighters. Thrawn explains that he had arranged to bring three full TIE squadrons from the Star Destroyer Judicator in repair barges.
The TIEs attack the passing cruisers from behind, preventing them from assisting Nightswan's forces on the planet. Meanwhile, the Imperial rescue team arrives at the Pryce residence only to discover a dead Gudry. At the same time, Pryce ignites Gudry's remote controlling the explosives cache, creating an explosion that destroys the Creekpath insurgents but kills numerous civilians. Aboard the Chimaera, Colonel Yularen expresses disgust at the high number of civilian deaths, likening it to the horrors of the Clone Wars. Thrawn questions Governor Pryce how the explosives came to be detonated before the planetary shield generator.
Pryce claims that she and her parents waited for Agent Gudry to leave. When he didn't return, they left. She claims that Gudry may have been trapped by the insurgents and ignited the charges to prevent himself from being taken prisoner. Yularen tells them that the Imperial Senate has ordered a full inquiry but doubts that the investigation will yield anything useful since the inner section of the complex was reduced to dust. Yularen confirms that Nightswan's body was found in the outer areas where the damage from the explosion was less severe.
A visibly uncomfortable Pryce tries to salvage the situation by telling them that the Emperor Palpatine is pleased with the battle's outcome. In private, Thrawn asks Pryce about the Creekpath explosion but Pryce responds he has no evidence against her and that he lacks political savvy. She reminds him that his entire career in the Imperial Military has been one of "military triumphs and political bumps" and hints that she has used her political skills to help him. Pryce knows that Thrawn suspects that she knows more about what happened on Batonn but tells him him not to forget that he still needs her to navigate through his political bumps.
Seeking to find a mutually beneficial opportunity, Pryce briefs Thrawn about the insurgent situation on her homeworld of Lothal. Since Grand Moff Tarkin is unhappy that the Lothalian rebels are targeting other places in the region, she enlists Thrawn's help in eliminating them.
Pryce entices Thrawn with the benefit of political guidance and military victories. She also informs him that the Seventh Fleet is looking for a new commander. Thrawn says he will consider her proposals.
Before leaving, Pryce tells Thrawn to thank the Emperor for whatever accolades or trinkets he heaps on him during their meeting. At the Emperor's throne room on Coruscant, the Emperor promotes Thrawn to the rank of Grand Admiral, outfitting him with a new white uniform. On behalf of his people, Thrawn asks about the Death Star project, telling the Emperor that he learned about it from unguarded dispatches. Given the vast amount of material allocated to it, Thrawn asks about its purpose.The Emperor reassures Thrawn that he has no ill intentions towards the Chiss Ascendancy. Thrawn counsels the Emperor not to divert too many of the Empire's resources away from a flexible Navy, opining that massive projects such as this can only bring the Imperial presence to one system at a time. The Emperor responds that the there will be no need to spread the Imperial presence across the galaxy since a fully operational Death Star will suppress all opposition. While the Emperor presents Thrawn with his new rank insignia, Darth Vader enters the throne room. The Emperor introduces Thrawn to Darth Vader, whom Thrawn has heard a great deal about. Thrawn says he is pleased to finally meet Vader, who responds that he shares the same sentiments. Meanwhile, Commander Eli Vanto reaches a Chiss heavy cruiser in his shuttle.
Vanto introduces himself to Admiral Ar'alani of the Chiss Expansionary Defense Fleet via holoprojector. He tells her that he was sent by Mitth'raw'nuroudo, who believes that he could be of some use to the Chiss Ascendancy. The novel only hinted that the Spectres were part of the Lothal insurgents. The comic adaptation directly links the Thrawn novel to the animated Star Wars Rebels television series by depicting several members of the Spectres rebel cell: Ezra Bridger, Kanan Jarrus, Garazeb Orrelios, Hera Syndulla, and Sabine Wren. The Spectres serve as the main cast of Star Wars Rebels and become key opponents of Thrawn in the series' third and fourth seasons.
Comics lot contains: Star Wars: Thrawn (2018) Issues #1-6. FC, 32 pages, Comic, 10.25" x 6.75". Collectible Entertainment note: Comics 1,2,3,4,5,6 are in Very Fine to Very Fine + condition.
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