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"We're headed toward a large standoff with the rebels. We're committing a fair portion of the fleet, and if the damned Rebellion wants to stand a chance of keeping that sector, they'll have to do the same. This promises to be the largest battle since Endor."
Grand Moff Randd[src]

Randd was a male human that served the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War as Grand Moff of the Exterior in the Outer Rim Territories. Sometime after the Rebellion on Akiva, he was considered one of the most elite Imperial officers left surviving. Because of this, he was selected by Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax, de facto commander of the Imperial Navy, to be part of his Shadow Council, the proposed successor to the Imperial Ruling Council, with Grand Admiral Rae Sloane as its figurehead. As such, he was present at the meeting where Rax set the stage for the Battle of Jakku. Days before the battle, Randd was aboard the space station Wrath over Ponemah Terminal where he promoted Ciena Ree to the rank of Captain of the Star Destroyer Inflictor. Randd was also responsible for the tactics used in the battle and although the Empire lost the battle, Randd himself survived.

BiographyEdit

Shadow CouncilEdit

A male[2] human,[1] Randd was a Grand Moff who lived during the Age of the Empire and the aftermath of the Battle of Endor. By 5 ABY, he was the special governor of the Exterior, a remote sector in the Outer Rim Territories that was one of the few remaining Imperial sectors in the face of New Republic advances and defections. The New Republic was the successor government created by the Rebel Alliance following the deaths of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader over Endor. Due to his elite status within the remnants of the Empire, Randd was invited by Fleet Admiral Gallius Rax to join the Shadow Council, an elite ruling council charged with rebuilding the Empire.[3]

The inaugural meeting took place aboard Rax's Super Star Destroyer Ravager in the Vulpinus Nebula, which was home to the largest Imperial remnant under the command of Grand Admiral Rae Sloane. During the Shadow Council's inaugural dinner, Grand Moff Randd questioned the Imperial propagandist Ferric Obdur about what kind of narrative the Empire would promote in the aftermath of Endor. Randd replied that the Empire should promote the narrative that it was the wounded hound that had been kicked out by a brutal, unjust, and deadbeat father. At that point, Rax entered the room and praised the delegates for their ideas. He then revealed that he also commanded other Imperial remnants in the Almagest, the Recluse's Nebula, the Queluhan Nebula, the Ro-Loo Triangle, and the Inamorata. Randd and the others listened as Rax outlined his plan to use the Imperial factories in Xa Fel, Anadeen, and Turco Prime to rebuild weapons, vehicles, and starships for the Imperial war effort against the New Republic.[3]

During the attack on Chandrila, Randd met Fleet Admiral Rax in his chamber. He then received orders to mobilize the Imperial fleets to travel to a set of coordinates, which turned out to be the planet Jakku. Rax also ordered Randd to coordinate the mobilization with Grand General Hodnar Borrum. When Randd expressed puzzlement at Rax's orders, Rax insisted he carry out those orders. Randd relented when Rax alleged that Sloane had approved of Rax's orders. Rax then ordered the Grand Moff to convene a meeting of the Shadow Council.[3]

During the meeting, Randd was the only Shadow Council member to make eye contact with Rax; a sign of deference. Rax claimed that Sloane had been lost to the New Republic and that every effort was being made to rescue her. Randd listened as Rax claimed the temporary title of Counselor to the Empire and announced that the Imperial remnant fleets would assemble on Jakku for a test to take advantage of the New Republic's setback on Liberation Day; setting the stage for the Battle of Jakku. In secret, Rax planned to eliminate Randd and the other Shadow Council members with the exception of former Commandant Brendol Hux.[3]

Battle of JakkuEdit

Leading up to the Battle of Jakku, Grand Moff Randd officiated over a ceremony at the space station Wrath over Ponemah Terminal where he promoted the Imperial Navy Commander Ciena Ree to the rank of Captain and assigned her command of the Imperial Star Destroyer Inflictor. During the ceremony, Randd took the opportunity to speak of Ree's meritorious and selfless service to the Empire. He also assigned Commander Brisney as the ship's Imperial Security Bureau officer, Commander Erisher as the ship's systems officer, and Ree's fellow Royal Imperial Academy alma mater Nash Windrider as the Inflictor's flight commander. Randd the informed the assembled officers and crew that the Empire was assembling for a major battle against the Rebellion.[2]

During the space battle, Randd deployed his ships on mass battle tactics which proved in-effectual against the more maverick New Republic forces, who attacked on multiple fronts. Captain Ree attempted to contact Grand Moff Randd to suggest a change of tactics but lost communications when her ship was boarded by New Republic soldiers. Ree ordered a mass evacuation of the Inflictor and set the ship to crash on Jakku's barren surface in an effort to deny the ship to the New Republic. While Randd and Windrider believed that she had perished during the crash, Ciena was rescued by her lover Thane Kyrell, who had joined the New Republic Starfleet.[2]

The Battle of Jakku ended as a catastrophic defeat for the Imperial remnants and allowed the New Republic to become the dominant government in the galaxy. Due to the events on Jakku, the defeated Empire was eventually forced to sign the Galactic Concordance which ended the Galactic Civil War in the New Republic's favour. The surviving Imperial forces retreated to the Queluhan Nebula for a renewed offensive against the New Republic. A month after the Battle of Jakku, Grand Moff Randd and several other Imperial officers, including Windrider, nominated Ciena Ree for the Distinguished Medal of Imperial Honor, the highest honor in the Imperial Military.[2]

Personality and traitsEdit

Grand Moff Randd was a rigid and thin human man who was as sharp as a needle. He was a deeply-focused and paranoid man who would not eat food if he suspected it was poisoned. Despite being perplexed by Fleet Admiral Rax's secrecy, Randd complied with his orders once Rax had claimed that he had Sloane's approval. He feared and respected Rax.[3] He regarded Ciena Ree as an exemplary Imperial Navy officer who had risen through merit and selfless service to the Empire. Randd deployed mass battle tactics during the Battle of Jakku which proved ineffective against the New Republic.[2] According to Rae Sloane, although Randd was a capable leader, he did not have the courage or the inventiveness to win a fight of the magnitude of the Battle of Jakku.[4]

Behind the scenesEdit

Grand Moff Randd first appeared as a minor character in Claudia Gray's 2015 junior novel Lost Stars. He later reappeared in Chuck Wendig's Aftermath: Life Debt, the second book in The Aftermath Trilogy.

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 According to TwitterLogo @ChuckWendig (Chuck Wendig) on Twitter. “@lelalmekha Yes!”, All Imperial officers seen or mentioned in Aftermath: Life Debt are human.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Lost Stars
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Aftermath: Life Debt
  4. Aftermath: Empire's End
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