- "He's made himself an obvious target. If we take him out we will rock Xucphran society to its foundations."
- ―Elscol Loro
Aerin Dlarit was a male Human and the father of former New Republic Rogue Squadron pilot Erisi Dlarit. After his family's faction, the Xucphra Corporation, ousted its rival, the Zaltin Corporation, and took over the planet Thyferra, Dlarit was appointed as a general in the Thyferran Home Defense Corps, the local military created by former Director of Imperial Intelligence Ysanne Isard to help augment the forces she had brought to Thyferra after fleeing from Coruscant.
During the Bacta War, Dlarit was a target for assassination by the Ashern, a resistance movement of the Vratix, the native species of Thyferra. An Ashern strike team infiltrated his estate, and Dlarit was almost killed by strike team leader Elscol Loro. He was only spared when Iella Wessiri, another member of the strike team, suggested a change to Loro's plan. Dlarit was instead stunned and stripped of his Thyferran Home Defense Corps uniform, leaving him naked. A hologram of Dlarit was then circulated by the rebels.
- "Get the holocam up here. He dies a monument to his own ego and misplaced trust in the Empire."
- ―Elscol Loro
Aerin Dlarit was a Human male from the planet Thyferra, and the father of Erisi Dlarit, formerly a starfighter pilot for Rogue Squadron, an elite New Republic starfighter squadron. In 6 ABY, former Director of Imperial Intelligence Ysanne Isard supported the Xucphra Corporation—the bacta producing company of which Dlarit was a part—in ousting its rival, Zaltin Corporation, and taking control of Thyferra. For her efforts, Isard was installed as the world's Head of State and Chief Operating Officer of the Xucphra Corporation.
Under her rule, one of Isard's first actions was to establish the Thyferran Home Defense Corps, a military force made up of Xucphran personnel to fight the Ashern, a resistance movement by the planet's original inhabitants, the Vratix. Dlarit was among the high-ranking Xucphran officials who joined the Defense Corps, receiving the rank of general despite having no military expertise. In his daily duties with the Defense Force, Dlarit had to defer to Major Barst Roite. However, Dlarit made up for his military shortcomings by attending several social functions and assuring the general public that the Ashern threat was being taken care of.
Due to his actions, Dlarit was selected as a target by Elscol Loro, a resistance fighter with experience in toppling planetary governments held by the Galactic Empire. With her were former CorSec investigator Iella Wessiri, former Imperial Special Intelligence operative Sixtus Quin, and his troopers. Assisting the Ashern in removing Isard from power, Loro proposed the assassination of Dlarit. When Wessiri objected that Dlarit was hardly a notable military target, Loro countered that as a public figure, killing Dlarit would be integral in frightening the planet's populace, thereby forcing them to choose between Isard's forces and the Ashern.
Loro led a strike team that infiltrated Dlarit's estate and killed Dlarit's guards. The resistance fighters then found Dlarit asleep on his office chair. In front of him was a hologram of a statue that bore his likeness, surrounded by a group of adoring admirers and well-wishers. Loro was about to shoot Dlarit with her blaster when Wessiri intervened. Proposing her own plan, Wessiri convinced Loro that rather than kill Dlarit, they could humiliate him instead, an action that would still serve their original goal of destabilizing Isard's regime. With Loro's consent, Wessiri stunned Dlarit with her blaster and the strike team then stripped Dlarit of his Thyferran Home Defense Corps uniform. A hologram of their deed was then circulated throughout Thyferra, even reaching as far as the Victory-class Star Destroyer Corrupter, which at that time was en route to the colony world of Halanit to punish the inhabitants for accepting free bacta from Wedge Antilles, the leader of the coalition of pilots opposing Isard. Aboard the Corrupter, Dlarit's daughter Erisi was mortified when she saw the image of her father slumped naked on his chair. The humiliating holo also led the Imperials to treat their Thyferran Home Defense Corps counterparts with contempt.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "Dlarit is hardly a military target in any real sense. He's a fop."
- ―Iella Wessiri
A native of Thyferra and a high official of the Xucphra Corporation, Dlarit was a product of the corporation's culture. Owing to the guaranteed profits of bacta sales, Xucphra never had the need for diversification or expansion. Hence, promotions were given to people according to their tenure, not their skills or merit.
Dlarit dreamed of being famous and sought admiration from everyone, as shown by the holo inside his office depicting a statue of his own likeness, surrounded by a throng of well-wishers and admirers.
Behind the scenesEdit
Aerin Dlarit was a character created by author Michael Stackpole for his novel X-Wing: The Bacta War published in 1997, the fourth novel in the X-Wing series. To date, X-Wing: The Bacta War is Dlarit's only appearance in Star Wars canon.
- X-Wing: The Bacta War (First appearance)