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"There will be no extraction. You find him? You kill him…those are your orders."
―Draven to Cassian Andor[src]

Davits Draven was a human male who served as a general in the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War. He was stationed at the Great Temple on the moon Yavin 4 when Jyn Erso was given the task of stealing the Death Star plans by Mon Mothma, a leader of the Rebel Alliance. Extraction Team Bravo, the team responsible for Jyn's break out of a labor camp on the planet Wobani, was under Draven's command.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Davits Draven was born on Pendarr III in 45 BBY.[1]

Clone WarsEdit

During the Clone Wars, Draven served in the Galactic Republic's military Intelligence. During this time, he never met any of the Jedi Generals in command of the Clone Army. Draven routinely worked with the Republic's strategists, fleet commanders, and other officers that would become part of the Empire's Military.[1]

Age of the EmpireEdit

"That is one of General Draven's ships. That means it has enormous significance to the Rebellion."
―Unidentified Rebel admiral[src]

With an urgent drive to stop the Empire before it grew too powerful, Draven joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic, and was trained as a field operative by Airen Cracken. Prior to the outbreak of the Galactic Civil War, Draven carried out surgical strikes against the Empire, conducting sabotage, theft, and assassinations that earned unglamorous but necessary victories for the Alliance. He became a trusted officer, earning Mon Mothma's respect despite his no-nonsense attitude proving difficult at times, and served as a general and as the leading Alliance Intelligence officer on Yavin 4 in Cracken's absence. He typically caused Alliance High Command meetings to halt with his blunt speech and pragmatic views, and it often fell to Draven to make unpopular and difficult decisions.[1]

In 0 BBY, he oversaw the mission he dubbed Operation Fracture in an attempt to piece together the puzzle of Galen Walton Erso's involvement with the Empire's Death Star project. Although some in the rebel council believed reports of the superweapon to be a ploy, Draven's firsthand experience with Imperial megalomania led him to believe the plausibility of the so-called "planet-killer".[1] Draven oversaw the rescue of Galen's daughter, Jyn Erso, to help with the mission. Meeting and speaking with her, Draven was not impressed with her defiance. After the briefing, he sent a notice to Mon Mothma strongly urging that she reconsider involving Erso in the mission. In Draven's mind, Erso was a Rebel deserter and a criminal who showed no loyalty to anyone except herself. Mothma overruled him, arguing that, besides them needing her to identify her father, Jyn Erso was much like other Rebels who had lost their way and deserved a second chance.[5] Nonetheless, he ordered Captain Cassian Jeron Andor to kill Galen Erso if he had the opportunity, countermanding his initial orders to extract the Imperial scientist for questioning.[2]

As Operation Fracture got underway, Draven received a communication from Andor confirming the Destruction of Jedha City by the Death Star. The general reinforced the need to kill Erso, and sent a squadron of starfighters to his location on Eadu with assassination orders. However, Andor called in to inform Draven that Alliance operatives would be caught in the line of fire, but by that time the fighters were already engaged. The strike led to Erso's death, and Andor's team returned to Yavin 4. There, Jyn rallied the rebel council, and her Rogue One squad led a mission to Scarif to obtain the Death Star plans.[2]

Following the Battle of Yavin and the assault on Sunspot Prison, Draven was placed in charge of the interrogation of Grakkus the Hutt after Alliance forces intercepted his prison transport vessel.[6]

Behind the scenesEdit

Davits Draven, portrayed by Alistair Petrie,[7] was first revealed in the first teaser trailer for the Star Wars Anthology Series film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on April 7, 2016.[8] The physical similarities between Draven and Agent Kallus, a character from the animated television series Star Wars Rebels, led to a popular fan theory suggesting that this character was Kallus, and that the Imperial Security Bureau operative had defected from the Galactic Empire. However, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards confirmed in Entertainment Weekly, in a story from October 15, 2016, that the character's name is Draven.[7]

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