Name: Captain Gilad Pellaeon
Hair color: Gray
Eye color: Blue
Skin color: Light
Brawling Parry: 4D+2
Planetary Systems: 4D+2
Tactics: Imperial Navy 6D+1
Capital Ship Piloting: 5D+2
Capital Ship Gunnery: 5D
Capital Ship Shields: 5D+1
Space Transports: 4D
Computer Programming/Repair: 4D
Force Sensitive: N
Force Points: 2
Dark Side Points: 1
Character Points: 8
Equipment: Imperial Uniform, Blaster Pistol (4D), Comlink, Imperial Code Cylinders
Description: Gilad Pellaeon was a human male who served as a captain in the naval forces of the Galactic Empire, commanding the Imperial Star Destroyer Harbinger as part of Grand Admiral Balanhai Savit's Third Fleet. When Savit was exposed as a traitor who was stealing components from Project Stardust, Pellaeon sided with Grand Admiral Thrawn and Commodore Karyn Faro and helped them arrest his superior.
After Savit was relieved of his duty, Pellaeon and the Harbinger were reassigned to assist Thrawn's Seventh Fleet. Together with Thrawn, Pellaeon participated in the Imperial blockade of the planet Lothal until it was liberated by the rebel Spectres and their allies shortly before the Battle of Yavin. During the liberation, all Imperial starships present were destroyed by flocks of the spacefaring purrgil, and Pellaeon's communication with the Grand Admiral was quickly cut off. Although the captain survived the battle, Thrawn disappeared into the unknown when the creatures pulled his flagship, the Chimaera, into hyperspace.
Pellaeon outlived the Empire itself, which was defeated by the Rebel Alliance in the Galactic Civil War. While the Alliance reorganized itself as the New Republic, the Empire fractured into various holdouts. Alongside other Imperial remnant warlords, such as Moff Gideon and Commandant Brendol Hux, Pellaeon joined the Shadow Council to secretly coordinate their efforts to restore the Empire. Representing his own delegation in the council, the captain believed that Thrawn's return and leadership would allow the resurgence of the Imperial Military, though he was faced with skepticism by Gideon. In a council meeting held around 9 ABY, Pellaeon and Hux agreed to send reinforcements for Gideon's forces to foil the Mandalorians' plan to retake their homeworld Mandalore.
Serving the Third Fleet
During the reign of the Galactic Empire, Gilad Pellaeon was an Imperial officer who held the rank of captain during his deployment with the Imperial Navy. He served as the commanding officer of the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Harbinger in Grand Admiral Balanhai Savit's Third Fleet, though the Grand Admiral was not satisfied with the degree of Pellaeon's personal loyalty to him. During the fleet's anti-piracy campaign in the Esaga sector in 1 BBY, Savit ordered Pellaeon and the latter's first officer to meet him to discuss a pirate-hunting mission. However, unbeknownst to Pellaeon, the Grand Admiral himself had hired the pirates in order to steal components from Project Stardust, which saw the construction of the Death Star superweapon.
Not long after, Grand Admiral Thrawn of the Seventh Fleet, who aimed to remove Savit from command by exposing his treachery, asked Savit to turn over the captive Assistant Director Brierly Ronan to him and sent coordinates for a rendezvous. Savit traveled to the prearranged star system with four Star Destroyers, including Pellaeon's Harbinger, and met with Thrawn's flagship, the Star Destroyer Chimaera, commanded by Commodore Karyn Faro. Suspecting an ambush, Savit sent the Harbinger to sweep a nearby space station, which was actually used by Savit's pirates, as a precaution to keep Pellaeon away from a possible conflict. Savit also gave Pellaeon permission to send over boarding parties if he wished, which the captain benefited from by dispatching an advance survey team to the station, even though the Grand Admiral would later ignore Pellaeon's report on the matter. Meanwhile, Faro transmitted evidence of Savit's complicity with the pirates to the Third Fleet personnel.
Shortly after, Savit's three remaining Star Destroyers engaged in a skirmish against the Chimaera. During the battle, Pellaeon reviewed the evidence against Savit and concluded that an official inquiry against the Grand Admiral was justified. Pellaeon then called for Savit to surrender his command, as well as calling on fellow Captains Lochry and Rasdel to join him. Pellaeon further placed the Harbinger under the command of Faro. Following Savit's arrest, Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin reassigned Pellaeon and the Harbinger to the Seventh Fleet, believing he might prove useful to Thrawn's ongoing struggle against the Lothalite insurgents. On the Grand Admiral's order, Faro contacted the reassigned captain and arranged a rendezvous of the Harbinger with Thrawn's fleet at the planet Lothal.
Imperial blockade of Lothal
In 0 BBY, prior to the Battle of Yavin, Pellaeon took part in the Empire's orbital blockade around Lothal as part of Thrawn's fleet. However, the blockade failed to stop a band of rebels, led by Jedi Padawan Ezra Bridger of the Spectres, from launching an attack that liberated the planet from its Imperial occupation.
While Thrawn was dealing with the rebels on the planet's surface, he learned that the entire blockade was destroyed by several objects not identifiable to the Imperials. The Grand Admiral subsequently contacted Pellaeon to inquire about the situation, and the captain reported that their attackers had come out of hyperspace before their communication was quickly severed. Moments later, Thrawn discovered that the Imperial vessels were destroyed by flocks of purrgilā€”massive, whale-like creatures that were naturally capable of traveling through hyperspaceā€”as part of Bridger's attack. Although Pellaeon survived the battle, Thrawn and Bridger went missing in action as both were aboard the Chimaera when the ship was carried into hyperspace by the purrgil. Having lost the liberated planet to the rebels, the Empire never again returned to Lothal.
New Republic Era
Years after the Liberation of Lothal, the Empire lost the Galactic Civil War against the Rebel Alliance, which restyled itself as the New Republic. With the apparent death of Emperor Sheev Palpatine at the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY, the Empire shattered into various remnant factions. Despite the Empire's fall, Pellaeon remained an Imperial loyalist and joined the secret Shadow Council, which consisted of remnant Imperial warlords wanted by the Republic, in hopes of restoring the Empire to its former glory. The captain represented his own delegation in the council, whose members each operated in a particular sector of the galaxy. Along with fellow council member Commandant Brendol Hux, Pellaeon held a considerable amount of resources and equipment at his disposal.
At some point in or after 9 ABY, Pellaeon attended a meeting of the Shadow Council via hologram, during which he warned an Imperial warlord about the latter's hit-and-run operations to plunder the hyperspace lanes, believing they were gaining too much New Republic attention. While other council members voiced their opinions in favor of a demonstration of power for citizens of the galaxy, Pellaeon advised the group to be cautious about revealing their true strength until the imminent return of Grand Admiral Thrawn, which, in his opinion, would bring forth the reemergence of the Imperial Military, while proving sufficient time for the completion of Project Necromancer supervised by Hux.
Moff Gideon, another member of the Shadow Council, was skeptical about Pellaeon's claims and openly criticized the captain for speaking with much confidence despite the lack of evidence of Thrawn's return. Although Pellaeon tried to assure him by stating that it was kept secret, Gideon suggested to the council that perhaps a new leader should be sought, a proposition that saw support by some of the warlords, much to the displeasure of Pellaeon. During the meeting, Hux and Pellaeon also reviewed the Moff's request for reinforcements for his forces, including three Praetorian Guards, TIE interceptors, and TIE bombers.
Although Pellaeon mocked Gideon's request for guards at first, he was concerned to hear the Moff was up against Mandalorians, an ancient society of legendary warriors, who were preparing to reclaim their homeworld of Mandalore. Fearing that a Mandalorian resurgence would hinder the council's designs, Pellaeon, alongside Hux, approved Gideon's request. With the his promise of victory against the Mandalorians, the Moff uttered the phrase "Long live the Empire," which was echoed by the other council members in unison.
Personality and traits
Gilad Pellaeon was a human male who possessed blue eyes, light skin, and gray hair with a mustache. He was fluent in the Galactic Basic Standard language. A competent Imperial officer, Pellaeon's loyalty lay with the Empire itself instead of blindly following any individual commander. After receiving evidence suggesting his commanding officer, Grand Admiral Savit, had committed treason, Pellaeon turned against Savit and demanded his surrender.
During the Liberation of Lothal, Captain Pellaeon was astonished upon witnessing the purrgil swarm coming out of hyperspace and attacking the blockade of Imperial starships over the planet. After the Empire's fall, Pellaeon's loyalty to the organization endured as he continued to work for the Imperial remnants. While he found the New Republic to be vulnerable, Pellaeon believed the remaining Imperial forces must not waste their strength and should operate discreetly without revealing the coordination between the remnant factions. The captain coveted Thrawn's leadership for the remains of the Empire and saw the Grand Admiral's return as their only hope for success.
Pellaeon wore a gray Imperial officer's uniform along with an Imperial kepi, a pair of black gloves, and a black belt. Both his kepi and belt buckle featured an officer's disk on the front. The captain's tunic was adorned by code cylinders in small pockets near the shoulders, a rank insignia plaque with three red squares over three blue squares on the top left torso, and the emblem of the Seventh Fleet on the left shoulder.