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- "Anything to please your Eminence."
- ―Kren Blista-Vanee
Kren Blista-Vanee was a prominent advisor to Emperor Palpatine and a member of the Imperial Inner Circle during the Galactic Civil War. Blista-Vanee was an important figure alongside the likes of Bregius Golthan and Alec Pradeux. A socialite and connoisseur of fine art, he lived in a sizable, lavishly decorated high-rise mansion on Imperial Center, where he often held parties for the planet's elite.
In 3 ABY, Blista-Vanee and several other advisors presided over the New Year Fete Week ceremonies in the Emperor's absence, with Palpatine busy in the Deep Core. Blista-Vanee was one of six advisors who accompanied the Emperor to the second Death Star in 4 ABY, while Palpatine oversaw the superweapon's construction. During the ensuing Battle of Endor, Blista-Vanee was killed when the Death Star was destroyed by the Rebel Alliance.
Advisor to the EmperorEdit
A Human male, Kren Blista-Vanee was an advisor to Galactic Emperor Palpatine during the Galactic Civil War, and a member of the Imperial Inner Circle, a collection of governors and ministers who had earned Palpatine's favor. Blista-Vanee himself was loyal and subservient to the Emperor, willing to backstab those who questioned his master's authority. The advisor's roles were myriad, from simple administrative duties, to conferring with the Emperor, to officiating at ceremonies. Palpatine ensured that his advisors constantly fought amongst each other to keep them in check, as well as to prevent them from forming alliances. To this end, he tried to keep them separated, sending each on various non-essential missions throughout the galaxy. He also maintained a select group of a dozen or so in-favor advisors, who frequently met with him and accompanied him off Coruscant; Blista-Vanee was among this group during the Galactic Civil War. With hordes of lesser advisors hoping to take their places, however, those in the circle of favored advisors were insecure of their positions.
Blista-Vanee was also a prominent socialite, as well as an avid art collector. He owned a lavish mansion on Coruscant, which had giant transparisteel windows for walls and possessed a much-praised view of the planet's skyline. From here, Blista-Vanee threw elaborate galas and parties.
Emperor Palpatine was unable to attend the festivities for the New Year Fete Week of 3 ABY, as he was attending to business in the Deep Core. A number of advisors were chosen to officiate most of the ceremonies in his absence, one of the most prominent among them Blista-Vanee, alongside the likes of Alec Pradeux, Bregius Golthan, and Sate Pestage. It was the second year running that Palpatine failed to attend the festivities, and other notables, such as Palpatine's enforcer, Darth Vader, Grand Admiral Rufaan Tigellinus, and Admiral Thrawn, were also conspicuously absent. Palpatine's advisors were quick to play this fact down, claiming that the upkeep of the Empire required round-the-year work.
The second Death StarEdit
- "I'm sure there is a reasonable explanation for this appointment. You are a competent overseer, but certainly not the sort to whom the Emperor entrusts vital tasks."
- ―Blista-Vanee, to Jerjerrod
Several months later, the famous Brentaalan opera The Kallea Cycle made its debut on Coruscant; to commemorate, Blista-Vanee held a gala at his Coruscant residence. The Imperial advisor invited the upper echelons of Coruscant's elite society, including Lady Amber Comark; Imperial Grand Admiral Miltin Takel; and Mayli Weng, representative of the Exotic Entertainers' Union. Other, seedier elements of Coruscanti society were also invited, such as spice-dealer Wendell Wright-Sims, who had many upper-class clients, including Takel and Weng.
Around this time, Advisors Blista-Vanee, Pradeux and Golthan were in a waiting hall of the Imperial Palace when Tiaan Jerjerrod, the moff of the Quanta sector, arrived for a meeting with Palpatine that neither of the advisors knew of. The three advisors disliked being left out of the loop, and waited for Jerjerrod to emerge, mocking him. Blista-Vanee brusquely stated that while Jerjerrod was competent, the moff couldn't be relied upon to carry out an important job. Jerjerrod simply informed them that he had been appointed the director of the newly formed Imperial Energy Systems. In actual fact, Jerjerrod had been appointed as the overseer of the construction of the second Death Star in the Endor system. Palpatine wanted to keep the operation secret, and chose Jerjerrod because he was unlikely to become overly ambitious like the men in charge of the first Death Star had been.
In 4 ABY, Palpatine traveled to the Endor system to personally inspect Jerjerrod's progress, taking with him a number of close advisors, including Blista-Vanee, Janus Greejatus, and Sim Aloo. Palpatine's enforcer, Darth Vader, had already visited Jerjerrod, voicing his displeasure at the lack of progress. Palpatine, Blista-Vanee and the other dignitaries arrived aboard the Death Star on a Lambda-class shuttle, and were greeted by a procession of Imperials, including Jerjerrod. Palpatine decided to stay aboard the station for a time, ostensibly to oversee progress. Aloo and Greejatus later left the other advisors to consult with Palpatine in his throne room. While Blista-Vanee and the others were stationed aboard the Death Star, it was attacked by the Alliance to Restore the Republic. During the engagement, the battlestation was destroyed, and Blista-Vanee was killed along with the other dignitaries.
Personality and traitsEdit
Kren Blista-Vanee was a Human male, tall, thin, and exceedingly pale. He stood at a height of 1.6 meters, and styled himself as "His Eminence, Kren Blista-Vanee, Imperial Advisor To Our Most August Emperor." Like his fellow advisors, he generally wore lavish, dark costumes derived from the history of his homeworld, and he carried with him a hold-out blaster. A skilled linguist, he was extremely loyal to the Emperor, merciless in dispatching his master's enemies and more than content to backstab any of his fellow advisors.
Blista-Vanee was also sneering and contemptuous toward those he considered lower to himself, such as Moff Jerjerrod. Not one to mince words, he spoke his mind to his subordinates without restraint. Like most of the other Imperial advisors, Blista-Vanee prided himself on being informed about all happenings within the Imperial Palace, and he was annoyed at the fact that Jerjerrod met with Palpatine without Blista-Vanee's knowledge.
Blista-Vanee's position in the Empire afforded him considerable wealth, and he owned a vast residence on Coruscant, with a large entrance hall whose walls were made of transparisteel, providing a much-lauded view of the planet's skyline, and an honor guard. He was considered a cultured man, an aficionado of the arts and the opera. His mansion on Coruscant contained a substantial art collection, and he held a gala to commemorate the arrival of the Kallea Cycle on Imperial Center.
Behind the scenesEdit
Kren Blista-Vanee first appeared in the novelization for Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi in 1983, shortly before appearing in the film itself, portrayed by an unidentified actor. He was barely visible onscreen, but he and his fellow Imperial advisors posed for a promotional picture which has been reused in numerous sources. The outfits for all the Imperial advisors were designed by Nilo Rodis-Jamero, who took inspiration from the outfits of Catholic bishops.
Michael Stern's Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi provided the name "Kren Blista-Vanee" in a sample Imperial advisor template, but the character wasn't definitively linked with any of the advisors appearing in Return of the Jedi. Two advisors are pictured on the same page as the sample template, but later sources have established them to be Janus Greejatus and Sim Aloo. The template was later reprinted in The Movie Trilogy Sourcebook and the second edition of Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi.
Peter M. Schweighofer later referenced the character in two vignettes from the Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook, expanding his backstory. Paul Sudlow also mentioned him briefly in Galaxywide NewsNets, published in Star Wars Adventure Journal 13 in 1997. Kren Blista-Vanee was properly identified as one of the hitherto unnamed advisors from Return of the Jedi in 2003 with the release of a Hasbro action figure of the character. He has since been referenced in Star Wars Insider 96 and The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, as well as pictured in The Dark Side Sourcebook. The character was also mentioned on a card for Star Wars: Galactic Files Series 2, the first source to reveal his death during the Battle of Endor.
Sources such as the Star Wars Customizable Card Game and The Dark Side Sourcebook establish that both Sim Aloo and Janus Greejatus were Force-sensitive Dark Side Adepts, and The Dark Side Sourcebook hints that most of the advisors who traveled with Palpatine were also Dark Side Adepts, suggesting that Blista-Vanee was one himself, though it has not been explicitly stated in canon yet.
- "Galaxywide NewsNets"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 13
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi novelization (First appearance)
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi junior novelization
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 2: The Emperor Commands
- Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi (First identified as Kren Blista-Vanee)
- The Movie Trilogy Sourcebook
- Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi, Second Edition
- Shadows of the Empire Sourcebook
- The Art of Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Behind the Magic
- Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Action Figure Archive
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Death Star II Limited (Card: Royal Escort) (Picture only)
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Reflections II: Expanding the Galaxy (Card: The Emperor) (Picture only)
- The Dark Side Sourcebook (Picture only)
- "Q:A: Motti the Barbarian?"—Star Wars Insider 96
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: The Official Starships & Vehicles Collection 22 (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection
- Star Wars: Galactic Files Series 2 (Card: Kren Blista-Vanee (Imperial Dignitary))
- Star Wars: Galactic Files Series 2 (Card: Sim Aloo (Imperial Dignitary)) (Indirect mention only)
- (Video clip only)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Star Wars: Galactic Files Series 2 (Card: Kren Blista-Vanee (Imperial Dignitary))
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Q&A: Motti the Barbarian?"—Star Wars Insider 96
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Galaxy Guide 5: Return of the Jedi
- ↑ 5.0 5.1
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 "Galaxywide NewsNets"—Star Wars Adventure Journal 13
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3
- ↑ 8.0 8.1
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 79 ("Blista-Vanee, Kren")
- ↑ The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 235–236 ("Endor, Battle of")
- ↑ Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays
- ↑ Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Death Star II Limited (Card: Sim Aloo)
- ↑ Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Death Star II Limited (Card: Janus Greejatus)