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Bannidge Holt was a male officer in the Imperial Navy. A member of a prestigious naval family, Holt served as one of the captains in Admiral Wullf Yularen's fleet during the Listehol Campaign of 18 BBY, helping to stop pirate and slaver raids on shipping in the region of the Corporate Sector. Hailed as a hero and promoted to admiral, Holt joined Moff Wilhuff Tarkin's Western Reaches Operation of 17 BBY, jointly commanding the Western Reaches Superiority Force with Admiral Terrinald Screed. Holt was killed when he and General Hurst Romodi were ambushed by Iska pirates at Bryndar.

BiographyEdit

Bannidge Holt was a member of the Holt family,[2] a prestigious family who hailed from the fortress fortress world Anaxes in the Core Worlds and had a long history of naval service. Following in his family's tradition,[3] Holt entered military service and, by 18 BBY, held the rank of captain in the Imperial Navy,[1] formed after the Galactic Republic was reorganized into the Galactic Empire following its victory over the Confederacy of Independent Systems in the Clone Wars the previous year.[4]

Shortly after the founding of the Empire, it set about eliminating Separatist holdouts, pirates, slavers and criminal gangs operating in the Mid Rim and Outer Rim. In 18 BBY, Holt was assigned as one of the commanders in Admiral Wullf Yularen's fleet, tasked with putting an end to raids on shipping in the newly formed Corporate Sector and along the nearby trade routes, Listehol Run and Shaltin Tunnels, by an alliance of Sikurdian pirates, Zygerrian slavers and Tervig slavers. The Imperial fleet was largely composed on Invincible-class heavy cruisers intended for use by the Corporate Sector Authority, but Yularen and Holt boosted the fleet's strength with a small number of Venator-class Star Destroyers capable of carrying squadrons of TIE Fighters. The Imperials defeated Sikurdian forces at the Battle of Sagma and blockaded Zygerria, forcing the Zygerrians into a negotiated peace, before launching a series of raids against Tervissis. Although Tervissis withstood the Imperial assault until 13 BBY, Holt's actions in the Listehol Campaign saw him hailed as a war hero and promoted to admiral.[1]

As the Clone Wars neared its end, the remnants of Confederate General Grievous's forces had sought shelter among the pirate and slaver bases in the Western Reaches. In 17 BBY, Emperor Palpatine gave responsibility for bringing order to the Western Reaches to Moff Wilhuff Tarkin. With no significant Planetary Security Forces operating in the area, Tarkin requested significant military resources, including numerous veterans of previous campaigns in the Rim. Holt was given joint command of the Western Reaches Superiority Force with Admiral Terrinald Screed, a hero of the Ciutric Offensive earlier that year. The Imperials had seen action in several battles when Holt and General Hurst Romodi, commander of the Imperial ground forces were ambushed at Bryndar by Iska pirates impersonating local officials. Holt was killed and Romodi badly injured and left blind by a fragmentation grenade.[1]

With the aid of holodrama adaptations of their actions, the central participants in the Western Reaches Operation had become famous throughout the Empire. As such, news of Holt's death was met with shock by Imperial citizens, many of whom would always remember where they were when they learned the admiral had been killed. Despite the loss of Holt, the campaign was ultimately successful, with the Empire winning a decisive victory at Ogoth Tiir.[1]

Personality and traitsEdit

A male member of the Holt family,[2] Bannidge Holt continued his family's tradition of naval service[3] by serving in the Imperial Navy. He proved to be a capable officer, earning the rank of captain at a young age and subsequently being promoted to admiral. His involvement in the Listehol Campaign earned him a reputation as a war hero and media coverage of the Western Reaches Operation further enhanced his fame.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

Bannidge Holt was created for the 2012 reference book The Essential Guide to Warfare by Jason Fry and Paul R. Urquhart.[1][2] Although Holt was a new character, he was introduced as a reference to the Holt family which had been first mentioned in the form of Fleet Admiral Holt in the 1989 West End Games Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game sourcebook Imperial Sourcebook and established as a prestigious naval family in the 2003 Wizards of the Coast Star Wars Roleplaying Game sourcebook Coruscant and the Core Worlds.[2][3][5] Coruscant and the Core Worlds describes the Holt family as residents of the planet Anaxes, but Holt's own homeworld is not confirmed in The Essential Guide to Warfare.[1][3] Neither Holt's species nor gender is stated in The Essential Guide to Warfare, but Jason Fry confirmed in the book's endnotes that Holt is male.[1][2]

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