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"This baby handles like a dream."
―Lando Calrissian[src]

The Imperialis was a luxury pleasure craft owned by Supreme Chancellor and eventually Galactic Emperor Sheev Palpatine during the Galactic Civil War. While the Imperialis was stolen by the gambler Lando Calrissian and wrecked on the moon Quantxi, the Emperor had several replicas of the vessel housed at his Observatories, which were scattered throughout the galaxy. In 5 ABY, the bounty hunter Mercurial Swift found information about Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax's origins aboard the Imperialis's computers.


According to Sava Korin Pers, the Imperialis might have been a custom job by Raith Sienar himself.[1] It was in service as early as 30 BBY, when it would be used ferry Chancellor Palpatine and his adviser, Yupe Tashu to Jakku for their excavation of the Plaintive Hand plateau. On that occasion, Gallius Rax, a future Fleet Admiral of the Galactic Empire, stowed aboard the ship. Palpatine then gave him the choice of dying or serving him. Rax chose the latter and agreed to guard the excavation site on Jakku.[4] Ten years later, Palpatine appointed Rax as his Contingency aboard the Imperialis and inducted him into the Galactic Empire.[5]

It would later be stolen by gambler Lando Calrissian and his team sometime after the battle of Yavin.[2] The ship contained a collection of Sith artifacts that were guarded by two members of the Emperor's Royal Guard.[6] Following its crippling, it would later be disposed of on Quantxi, the Junk Moon of Ord Mantell. At the request of Grand Admiral Rae Sloane, the bounty hunter Mercurial Swift accessed the ship's computers and discovered that Rax originated on Jakku.[4]

Despite the loss of the Imperialis, each of the Emperor's Observatories hosted a functional replica of the Emperor's pleasure yacht. Following the Battle of Jakku, Sloane along with Brendol Hux, Armitage Hux, and Rax's former child soldiers used the replica of the Imperialis stationed at the Jakku Observatory to travel into the Unknown Regions and rendezvous with the Emperor's lost flagship Eclipse.[5]

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