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- "Code red! Activate flood lights. Secure the area."
- ―Sojan reacting upon a Hoojib attack
Gemmer Sojan was a Human male who served the Rebel Alliance as a pilot and member of Rogue Squadron under the command of Luke Skywalker during the Galactic Civil War. He was once stationed at the Rebel base on Golrath.
- "All troop carriers will assemble at the north entrance. The heavy transport ships will leave as soon as they're loaded. Only two fighter escorts per ship. The energy shield can only be opened for a short time, so you'll have to stay very close to your transports."
- ―Leia Organa to the assembled pilots
Gemmer Sojan was born to Human parents on Mimban, a jungle planet located in the Expansion Region of the galaxy. At some point after 2 BBY, Sojan joined the Alliance to Restore the Republic, a group of resistance fighters opposed to the tyranny of the governing Galactic Empire. As a pilot, he joined the Alliance's Blue Squadron.
By 3 ABY, the Alliance had established its new headquarters, known as Echo Base, on the ice planet of Hoth. However, the base was attacked by the Empire, which prompted the Alliance to evacuate its personel. In order to defend Echo Base during the evacuation process, a new snowspeeder unit christened "Rogue Squadron" was created by cobbling together members of Rogue Flight, Blue Squadron and Green Squadron. The remaining Blues and Greens either piloted evacuating transports or their fighter escorts. In that situation, Sojan flew as Blue Four in the Battle of Hoth. After attending Princess Leia Organa's pilot briefing, arriving late along with Tarrin Datch, he flew the Bearing Lifter in the evacuation from the planet.
- "[Whistles softly] "This is perfect. The Empire would never find us here.""
- ―Sojan discovers the Hoojibs' cavern
Following the evacuation of Hoth, Rogue Squadron was expanded into a full-fledged, elite squadron under Luke Skywalker's orders, and Sojan was part of it. Sojan was also a member of a survey team under Organa assigned to scouting out the planet Arbra, in the hopes of establishing a permanent Rebel base. When an alien creature known as a Slivilith attacked the base camp, Sojan and several others assisted Leia in corralling the creature into a grotto filled with large, energy-absorbing, crystals. Thanks to a native species known as the Hoojibs, the Rebels had no energy with which to power their blasters. Sojan and the others were forced to rely on melee weapons to fight the monster. By availing themselves of various spears and lances, they were able to keep the Slivilith hemmed in the corner of the cave. It was Chewbacca the Wookiee however, that dealt the final blow ending the Slivilith's life.
Sojan's next mission involved the deployment of black market TIE Fighters to infiltrate an Imperial outpost on the planet Spindrift. Skywalker's Rogue Squadron unit strafed the munitions station and communication towers, forcing the commanders of the meager Imperial garrison to surrender.
It was later discovered that Sojan kept a piece of volcanic bedrock in his bunk as a souvenir from the old Rebel base at Golrath. The photoreceptive mineral began projecting images from the time he spent stationed at the base. The light show spectacle prevented him from getting adequate amounts of sleep, and he complained about it to Captain Hanc Thorben. Upon learning this, Thorben immediately contacted his superiors, and told them that the holographic imagery projected by the walls of the old base may tip off the Imperials as to their present location.
The Battle of EndorEdit
By 4 ABY, Sojan had been transferred in the Green Squadron, led by Arvel Crynyd and flying RZ-1 A-wing interceptors. That year, the Rebel Alliance engaged the Empire in a decisive battle over Endor, in an attempt to destroy their new Death Star battlestation. During that battle, Sojan and the rest of Green Squadron were tasked with disabling the ion cannons of the Star Destroyers, thereby allowing the Alliance Fleet through to the Star Dreadnought Executor. The Mimban-born pilot, who flew under the call sign Green Two, was personally responsible for the destruction of the Imperial battlecruiser Pride of Tarlandia. After a long and fierce struggle, the Alliance Fleet got the upper hand, bringing the Imperial dominion to an end.
Personality and traitsEdit
Gemmer Sojan was a tall, clean-shaven, male Human. He wore the standard-issue flight suit of an X-wing pilot and carried a BlasTech E-11 blaster rifle. When working as part of the ground crew at the Salvation base, Sojan wore traditional utility fatigues.
Behind the scenesEdit
The character of Gemmer Sojan was created in 1981 by David Michelinie and Walter Simonson for Star Wars 55: Plif!, the fifty-fifth issue in the Marvel Star Wars series of comics. He made two other appearances in the series' sixtieth and sixty-fifth issues. However, his full name was only revealed in the 2012 reference book The Essential Guide to Warfare, written by Jason Fry and Paul R. Urquhart. In The Further Adventures: Planet of the Hoojibs, Sojan was depicted wearing a mustache.
- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (First appearance) (Retcon)
- Star Wars 55: Plif!
- The Further Adventures: Planet of the Hoojibs
- Star Wars 60: Shira's Story
- Star Wars 65: Golrath Never Forgets
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- The Essential Guide to Warfare (First identified as Gemmer "Sojan")
- "Rogues Gallery: Clearance for Immediate Launch"—Star Wars Insider 146