Admiral Thrawn

The former Grand Admiral for the Empire and Republic


Thrawn’s name is space naval legend. A master of military tactics, Thrawn is more than an adept commander. His use of knowledge and intelligence in conjunction with stunning tactics proved Thrawn to be one of the galaxy’s most remarkable military leaders.

Thrawn prefers to promote creativity in his crew, rather than merely punish their failures, a trait that wins him the loyalty of those under his command. His unlikely partnership with General Cracken as the naval arm of the Resistance plays to both mens’ strengths — Thrawn’s eye for detail and Cracken’s improvisational genius make them a force to be reckoned with.


Mitth’raw’nuruodo was born on the planet Csilla during the final decades of the Galactic Republic. His species, the Chiss, controlled an area of space in the part of the galaxy known to those in the Republic as the Unknown Regions. He and his brother, Mitth’ras’safis, were born as commoners but, after joining the Chiss Expansionary Defense Force, Mitth’raw’nuruodo was taken as a merit adoptive in the Eighth Ruling Family of Chiss society. Mitth’ras’safis also joined the Eight Ruling Family, eventually becoming a Syndic within the family.

Though the practice of military officers becoming merit adoptives in the Ruling Families, and taking on the colors of their adoptive family, was common, they usually ceased belonging to the family upon leaving the military. Mitth’raw’nuruodo, however, soon reached the rank of commander—the youngest Chiss ever to achieve the rank—and impressed the Eighth Ruling Family enough during his early career to be considered a trial-born, with the possibility of becoming a permanent member of the family. His work with the Expansionary Defense Force gave him the opportunity to learn to speak several languages used throughout the Unknown Regions, including the trade languages Sy Bisti and Minnisiat, in addition to his native Cheunh.

Thrawn’s full military record far exceeds the ability of this archive to detail. Once a brilliant, rising star in the Chiss Expansionary Defense Force, his methods earned him not praise but exile from the Confederacy. It is notable that Thrawn’s service under the Galactic Empire is thought o be less a show of support for their methods than a desire to see order and law established throughout the Galaxy. Following the death of the Emperor, Thrawn was among the first Imperials to accept the New Republic’s offer of amnesty, soon joining the Republic’s Star Navy as its top officer and commander.

It is impossible to say which of the leaders of the Resistance realized the rot at the heart of the New Republic first, but their shared interest and disgust with the Skywalkers’ methods drew them together a decade after the fall of the Empire. It was Thrawn that revealed that Anakin Skywalker was in truth Darth Vader, Lord of the Sith to Cracken, sealing the General’s dedication to toppling the New Sith Lords.

Now, exiled to the far-flung Ilum system, two of the Galaxy’s most brilliant warriors plan their war against the corruption that threatens to swallow the Galaxy in darkness.

Admiral Thrawn