He rose to the position of Emperor shortly after the events of the Jedi-Bendu rebellion and the Jedi's replacement of the Knights of the Sith. Afterwards, he had proceeded to have the Empire undergo a manhunt for all the Jedi involved in the rebellion. This eventually led to conflict within the Aquilaean System, the sole remaining system that was independent from the Empire, which hid several of the remaining Jedi. He attempted to personally request that the Aquilae sign the Treaty of Alliance. However, as they remained undecided for a long period of time, he decided to conquer it by force instead. He then gave his announcement regarding their campaign against Aquilae to the Imperial dignitaries and military personnel at the Plaza of the Daders on the Imperial City of Alderaan. He also publicly promoted then-governor Crispin Hoedaack to the position of First Lord of the Aquilaean System and Surrounding Territories for the campaign during this speech, although a brief exchange of dialogue between the two immediately prior to the speech, after the Emperor kept the crowds waiting all morning indicated that the promotion had been pre-arranged beforehand. Unbeknownst to Dashit, however, Hoedaack, a member of the Supreme Tribunal alongside Darth Vader and Vantos Coll, had secretly plotted to usurp Dashit's authority, with the Aquilae campaign being the deciding factor on how to implement it.
Personality and traitsEdit
Dashit was a thin, older Human, with a mustache that hung over his lips. He also wore a red cape with gold trimmings, alongside a blue-and-black tunic with gold trimmings. He had some narcissistic qualities, as evidenced by his reply to Hoedaack, where, when informing that his speech would give divine purpose to his subjects, he repeated enthusiastically "my words!"
Behind the scenesEdit
Cos Dashit was a character who appeared in George Lucas's 1974 Rough Draft for Star Wars. The character was eventually replaced by Palpatine. However, there is no evidence that Dashit was Force-sensitive like Palpatine.
In the first draft, he is renamed "Son Hhat". He remains otherwise identical in speech and actions.
Dashit's first name has caused some fans to believe that Palpatine's full name is "Cos Palpatine". This is fanon. However, a canon character, Palpatine's father and patriarch of the House of Palpatine, was eventually granted a similar name, Cosinga Palpatine.
Cos Dashit eventually made an appearance in the comic book adaptation of the rough draft, The Star Wars, in 2013. He was not directly named in his debut issue, although the article focusing on the comic in Star Wars Insider Issue 144 confirmed that he was intended to be Cos Dashit.
- The Star Wars 1 (First appearance)
- The Star Wars: Rough Draft
- The Star Wars: First Draft (as Son Hhat)
- Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays
- The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film
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- "The Star Wars (article)"—Star Wars Insider 144