"Excuse me for asking, sir, but are we expecting trouble?"
"Always, Captain.
―Burque questions Tarkin about why the Electrum is not jumping to aid Rampart Station[src]

Burque was a male human who served as a captain in the Imperial Navy. He commanded the Venator-class Star Destroyer Electrum while it was loaned from a deepdock at the planet Ryloth to an Imperial construction project called Sentinel Base. When Sentinel Base was sent a fake call for aid from the space station Rampart Station, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin realized it was a trick and ordered Burque to take the Electrum to the edge of the system where Sentinel Base was built instead of sending it to Rampart. This allowed the Electrum to quickly return when a warship controlled by a rebel cell attacked Sentinel Base; however, Burque was not able to disable the ship before it fled.


"I trust that this is the trouble you were expecting, Governor."
"Actually, Captain, most of this is quite unexpected. Therefore, I hope you'll do your best to incapacitate the carrier rather than destroy it. No doubt we can glean something by interrogating the crew."
"I'll be as gentle with it as I can, Governor.
―Burque asks Tarkin about the Sentinel Base attack[src]

Burque was a male human who served the Galactic Empire's Imperial Navy as captain of the Venator-class Star Destroyer Electrum. Around five years after the Empire's formation, his vessel was loaned from a deepdock above the planet Ryloth to Sentinel Base, an Imperial facility commanded by Governor Wilhuff Tarkin which was secretly overseeing the construction of a superweapon known as the Death Star for the Empire. While his ship was stationed at the base, Tarkin and his men received a distress call from Rampart Station, a space station which acted a marshaling depot for ships carrying supplies for the Death Star. Tarkin suspected that the feed from Rampart was a fake, and gave orders to Burque via a holoprojector, ordering him to keep the coordinates for a jump to Rampart Station ready, but to only jump the Electrum to the edge of the star system they were currently in and find concealment there if possible.[1]

Burque followed orders and move the Electrum, moments before Tarkin was proved correct when a warship made from a number of Clone Wars-era Separatist vessels arrived in the system and released a number of droid tri-fighters and vulture droids. Tarkin ordered Burque to bring the Electrum back to Sentinel Base to engage the vessel, as the starfighters attacked the Imperial facility. The Captain complied, jumping through hyperspace and receiving orders to disable the warship once he arrived. Burque sent out his vessel's TIE/ln space superiority starfighters to attack, but before the Electrum could fire a disabling shot the warship fled the system. Annoyed, Tarkin ordered Burque to collect up debris from the battle including several of the droid fighters, but warned the Captain that the enemy ships might be rigged to explode. The Electurm's salvage team successfully recovered one vulture droid whose self-destruct mechanism had been damaged, and delivered it to the base for analysis. Tarkin later discovered that a rebel cell that had become aware of the Death Star's construction had been behind the attack and had them executed.[1]

Personality and traitsEdit

"Keep those hyperspace coordinates at the ready, Captain. But right now I want you to execute a microjump to the Rimward edge of this system. Do you understand?"
"Understood, Governor.
―Burque follows Tarkin's orders despite being confused by them[src]

Burque was a tall and gangly man with a strong jaw, which was lined with a well clipped brown beard. He was confused when Tarkin ordered him to jump to the edge of the system containing Sentinel Base instead of jumping to aid Rampart Station, but followed the orders none the less.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

Burque first appeared, albeit only as a hologram, in the novel Tarkin, which was written by James Luceno and published in 2015.


  • Tarkin (First appearance) (Appears in hologram)

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