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"Get Captain Pellaeon."
"Sir, they came out of hyperspace! I've never seen…"
―Grand Admiral Thrawn and Pellaeon on the purrgil — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Pellaeon was a male captain who served in the naval forces of the Galactic Empire as part of Grand Admiral Thrawn's Seventh Fleet. He participated in the blockade of the planet Lothal until it was liberated by the rebel Spectres and their allies shortly before the outbreak of the Galactic Civil War. During the liberation, all Imperial starships present were destroyed by flocks of the space-faring purrgil creatures, and Pellaeon's communication with the Grand Admiral was quickly cut off.


"Sir, several unidentified objects have just entered orbit."
"My blockade will intercept them."
"They've destroyed the blockade. Our ships are just gone."
―An Imperial officer and Grand Admiral Thrawn — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
Purrgil attack

The purrgil destroyed the Imperial ships both in orbit and the atmosphere of Lothal.

Pellaeon[1] was a member of the Imperial Officer Corps[2] who held the rank of captain and was deployed in the Imperial Navy's blockade in orbit around the planet Lothal, as part of Grand Admiral Thrawn's Seventh Fleet. However, the Imperial blockade lasted until a band of rebels led by Jedi Padawan Ezra Bridger of the Spectres launched a final attack to liberate the planet from its occupation[1] shortly before the outbreak of the Galactic Civil War.[3] While Thrawn was dealing with the rebels on the planet surface, he was informed that the entire blockade was destroyed by several objects not identifiable to the Imperials. The Grand Admiral subsequently contacted Captain Pellaeon to ask about the situation, only to hear that the attackers came out of hyperspace before the communication was quickly cut off. Moments later, it was revealed to Thrawn that the ships were destroyed by flocks of purrgil[1]—massive, whale-like creatures that were naturally capable of traveling through hyperspace[4]—as part of Bridger's plan. The rebel plan succeeded and the Empire never returned to Lothal following the planet's liberation.[1]

Personality and traitsEdit

Pellaeon was a male naval officer who could speak Galactic Basic,[1] the most prevalent language in the galaxy.[5] During the liberation of Lothal, he was astonished upon witnessing the purrgil coming out of hyperspace and attacking Imperial starships over the planet.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

Reintroduction into Star Wars canonEdit

"I just wanted to mention the name so it gets in there, so it's something people can use. And sometimes that's what I can do for things that come out of Legends. I could create just another Captain with some name there or I could put someone like Pellaeon in play. And then maybe he gets picked up in comics or novels, I don't know. But I think that would be kind of fun to do, and it's a way to get that idea rolling."
―Dave Filoni on the inclusion of Pellaeon in Star Wars Rebels[src]

Captain Pellaeon was Thrawn's second-in-command in Star Wars Legends.

Pellaeon was reintroduced into Star Wars canon in the Star Wars Rebels television series finale "Family Reunion – and Farewell," which was written by executive producer Dave Filoni and his team,[1] and aired on March 5, 2018.[6] The character was voiced by Jim Cummings, an American veteran voice actor who was also the voice of Hondo Ohnaka in the series.[1]

Dave Filoni described bringing Star Wars Legends characters like Pellaeon back into the canon as one of the favorite parts of his job. He said that bringing in Pellaeon serves as an opportunity for other authors to explore new stories for the character in canon, which creating a new character with a new name would not necessarily allow for. Filoni also indicated that, in his opinion, Pellaeon survived the events of the Star Wars Rebels finale and expressed hope that other authors would continue the character's story.[7]

Stories in Star Wars LegendsEdit

"Pellaeon, by the way, was named after Pelleas, an idealistic young knight in the King Arthur mythos."
―Timothy Zahn[src]

The character of Gilad Pellaeon originally appeared in the 1991 novel Heir to the Empire,[8] the first entry in The Thrawn Trilogy Legends novel series written by Timothy Zahn.[9] While the author named him after Pelleas, a knight from the King Arthur legend,[10] the 1995 reference book The Essential Guide to Characters, written by Andy Mangels, introduced his first name Gilad.[11]

In these stories, Captain Pellaeon was depicted as an elderly human with a bushy mustache,[12] and was a prominent military officer who served Grand Admiral Thrawn as his right-hand man during his campaign against the New Republic.[8] He also played a significant role in numerous other stories—he acted as the founding leader of the Imperial Remnant,[13] and signed a peace treaty with the Republic that ended the Galactic Civil War.[14] Through his many appearances over two decades,[15] Pellaeon became a fan favorite Legends character.[7]


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Family Reunion – and Farewell"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith 12: The Rule of Five, Part II establishes that Imperial officers were part of the Imperial Officer Corps. Since the Star Wars Rebels episode "Family Reunion – and Farewell" states that Pellaeon was an Imperial captain, he must be a member of the Corps.
  3. SWCustom-2011 Heroes of Mandalore Trivia Gallery on (backup link) states that Bo-Katan Kryze was redesigned for Star Wars Rebels: Heroes of Mandalore to advance the character's age by "18 years or so." Given that she was last seen in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "The Lawless," the events of which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY, the events of Heroes of Mandalore, and by extension the rest of the fourth season of Star Wars Rebels, must take place in approximately 1 BBY. Galactic Atlas also dates the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which depicts the beginning of the Galactic Civil War, to 0 BBY; therefore, the events of the Star Wars Rebels Season Four episodes "A Fool's Hope" and "Family Reunion – and Farewell" must occur shortly before the outbreak of the war.
  4. StarWars-DatabankII Purrgil in the Databank (backup link)
  5. Star Wars: Aliens of the Galaxy
  6. SWCustom-2011 The Final Episodes of Star Wars Rebels Begin February 19 on Disney XD on (backup link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Lussier, Germain (2018-03-07). That Fan Favorite EU Character Name Dropped on Star Wars Rebels Is Alive and Well. io9. Univision Communications Inc. Archived from the original on March 13, 2018. Retrieved on May 21, 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Heir to the Empire
  9. The Essential Reader's Companion
  10. Heir to the Empire: The 20th Anniversary Edition
  11. The Essential Guide to Characters
  12. The New Essential Guide to Characters
  13. Specter of the Past
  14. Vision of the Future
  15. The character of Gilad Pellaeon appeared in the 2012 comic book Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost 6, over twenty years after his debut in the 1991 novel Heir to the Empire.
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