- "General, prepare your troops for a surface attack."
- ―Darth Vader, preparing Veers for the Battle of Hoth
Maximillian Veers was a human male who served as a general in the Galactic Empire's army. In that capacity, he fought in the Galactic Civil War, which pitted the Galactic Empire against the Rebel Alliance. Veers was famous for his leadership during the Imperial assault on the then Rebellion- occupied in the Hoth system, during which he led a squadron of AT-AT walkers past Rebel defenses and personally destroyed the shield generator powering Rebel base's deflector shield. His leadership in the battle was critical to the successful takeover of the Hoth planetary system, a key victory for the Galactic Empire.
- "General Veers, prepare your men."
- ―Darth Vader, preparing Veers for the Battle of Hoth
A human male, Maximillian Veers was born on the planet of Denon. In time, he came to serve as an army officer of the Galactic Empire, an authoritarian regime that governed most of the galaxy. As such, he was involved in the Empire's struggle against the Rebel Alliance, which contested the rule of Emperor Palpatine. Rising in the ranks through cunning and courage, Veers took part in many battles, including on Zaloriis and Culroon III. Aside from being a brilliant army officer, Veers was also a husband and a father.
Following the Battle of Yavin, during which the Rebels destroyed the Empire's planet-killing Death Star battle station, Veers already served as a general. At that time, he was tasked with locating the former senator Johhar Kessen. The Empire thought that Johhar would play a key role in finding the location of the Rebel Alliance's new headquarters. For the duration of that mission, the general was assisted by Kosh, an officer stationed on Tatooine.
Some time later, Veers was posted to the Death Squadron, a flotilla of vessels commanded by the Emperor's dark enforcer, a Sith Lord named Darth Vader. The Death Squadron's commanding officer, Admiral Kendal Ozzel, was charged to oversee the Empire's search for the Rebel headquarters. As part of the search imperial probe droids were used throughout the galaxy to collect data and identify the Rebel base.
Veers often clashed ideologically with Ozzel, his superior. While Ozzel preferred a measured, calculated approach to military strategy, Veers was more doggedly loyal to the personal whims of Darth Vader, making him a favored figure among the Imperial hierarchy.
One of the droids detected signs of an occupied settlement on the sixth planet of Hoth, a system located in the Anoat sector of the galactic Outer Rim. On the Executor, the flagship of the Death Squadron, Veers joined the panel of officers who reviewed the probe droid's data, along with Vader, Ozzel and his subordinate, Captain Firmus Piett. While Vader immediately identified the data as proof of the Rebellion, Ozzel was more skeptical. Vader ultimately ordered the fleet to investigate the Hoth system and Veers began to prepare for the assault.
Imperial hero of HothEdit
- "Yes, Lord Vader. I've reached the main power generator. The shield will be down in moments. You may start your landing."
- ―Veers, to Vader
Admiral Ozzel's approved lightspeed course, intended to surprise the Rebellion, brought the Imperial fleet out of lightspeed in close proximity to the system. As a result, Rebel forces on the planet's surface had time to prepare a defense plan and organize an evacuation. Due to a localized energy shield protecting the base and power generator, orbital bombardment of the base was considered to be an ineffective attack strategy. Vader, dissatisfied with Ozzel's decision to rendezvous so close to the system, ordered Veers to lead a ground assault on the power generator and disable the energy shield. Ozzel was then killed and Firmius Piett promoted to fleet admiral.
Veers, who had always kept a low profile in front of Vader, had been offered a chance to correct Ozzel's mistake. His squadron of Imperial AT- AT walkers was deployed beyond the border of the energy shield, allowing a ground approach to be made. Veers led the squadron into the Echo Base mountain valley, facing heavy Rebel ground fire as he approached the shield generators . The general led his troops from the front, in the cockpit of the lead walker, as the Rebels prepared to evacuate their headquarters. A group of snowspeeders led by the Rebel Commander Luke Skywalker tried to delay Veers' force, destroying two walkers. As Rebel ground forces retreated, Veers ordered his walker to fire on the shield generator, destroying it. The generator's destruction marked the end of the Rebel defense, allowing Vader and his men to land on Hoth and break into the base, and demonstrating Veers' effectiveness as a military commander.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "Target. Maximum fire power."
- ―Veers, ordering the destruction of Echo Base's shield generator
A cool and efficient officer, he did not hesitate to put himself in harm's way on the front line, wearing the AT-AT pilot armor. Cunning and capable, he was also devoted to his family. Because of those qualities, he was viewed as a model Imperial officer.
Although he always seemed very sure of himself when talking to Vader, Veers had learned to tread lightly around the Sith Lord, fearing both the mysterious power he wielded and his volatile temperament. For example, when the general went to see Vader in his quarters, he was not bold enough to interrupt the meditating Sith, but stood quietly at attention until he spoke.
On the battlefield, Veers wore a grey-green chest armor over his duty uniform, and a matching open face helmet with an ample rear skirt and a black chin strap.
Behind the scenesEdit
- "This man is a general. You don't get to be a general if you're a wimp."
- ―Actor Julian Glover, to George Lucas
General Veers first appeared in the 1980 movie Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, the second installment in the original trilogy of Star Wars, in which he was played by the English actor Julian Glover. Robert Watts, an associate producer on The Empire Strikes Back, invited Glover in, as the two were next-door neighbors at the time. Glover worked on the movie for five days, which he later described as "five days of complete and total bewilderment."
Despite having a relatively small part in the movie, Glover discussed Veers' relationship to Vader with Star Wars creator George Lucas. In Glover's opinion, Veers should not be sycophantic toward Vader, since a proper general would not lack confidence. Lucas approved the actor's vision of the character, allowing Veers to stand up to Vader a little.
In the following movie installment, Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, co-producer Robert Watts played an unidentified AT-ST pilot. On one occasion, Watts said that his character was General Veers. However, that identification was refuted on the official StarWars.com website, on the grounds that Veers' demotion to a simple pilot was unlikely. Since then, Watt's character has been identified as Lieutenant Blanaid in the canon reference book Star Wars in 100 Scenes.
In the script of The Empire Strikes Back, Veers died when the Rebel snowspeeder pilot Derek Klivian flew his damaged vessel directly into the cockpit of the general's walker. That scene, however, never made it into the final cut of the film, although it did appear in the novelization, written by Donald F. Glut.
Veers' background and fate were expanded upon in a number of reference books and comic books, although those stories are part of the Star Wars Legends, formerly known as the Expanded Universe, and are therefore not canon.
Maximillian Veers appears as the main antagonist in the 2015 LEGO animated television series LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales. Following the Battle of Endor, General Veers and a renegade group of stormtroopers attempted to restart the droid foundries on Geonosis in order to restore the Galactic Empire. His plot involved tricking Lando Calrissian and his partner R2-D2 into gathering old droids and reusing their parts to build battle droids. Veer's scheme was defeated by the combined efforts of R2-D2, Lando, C-3PO, Chewbacca, Nien Nunb, and Admiral Ackbar.
- Star Wars: Galactic Defense
- Star Wars: The Original Trilogy: A Graphic Novel
- Star Wars: Commander (Appears in hologram)
- Battlefront: Twilight Company (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back (First appearance)
- The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi?
- LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales – "Flight of the Falcon"
- LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales – "Gambit on Geonosis"
- Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
- ; image #2
- Star Wars in 100 Scenes
- Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy
- Ultimate Star Wars (First identified as Maximillian Veers)
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
- Star Wars: Complete Locations
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- ↑ The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi?
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
- ↑ Star Wars: Commander
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 "In Their Own Words: Making The Empire Strikes Back"—Star Wars Insider 119
- ↑ "The Empire's Finest: Who's Who in the Imperial Military"—Star Wars Insider 96
- ↑ (Slide 3 caption)
- ↑ 11.0 11.1
- ↑ Star Wars in 100 Scenes
- ↑ Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back novelization
- ↑ Flight of the Falcon
- ↑ Gambit on Geonosis