- "Whom do we seek?"
"Eventually? A gentleman who goes by "the Dragon." Most infamous of the arms dealers in the area. If they got explosives, it would have been through him."
- ―Darth Vader and Inspector Thanoth
"The Dragon" was the alias of an infamous male Ortolan arms dealer who operated on the planet Anthan Prime during the Galactic Civil War. In 0 ABY, Dr. Chelli Lona Aphra, a rogue archaeologist, acquired explosives from him, which she used to assault an Imperial light cruiser in orbit of Anthan Prime. Following the raid, Inspector Thanoth of the Galactic Empire came to the conclusion that the Dragon had supplied the attackers with explosives. They raided the Dragon's mansion after learning its location from Doowan, one of his dealers, and although he attempted to peacefully surrender and offered to tell them everything about his criminal operations, he was silenced by Darth Vader, the true orchestrator of the attack on the Imperial cruiser, before he could reveal Aphra's identity.
The Dragon's data was then used to track down "the Ante," a Givin Information broker based on the underside of the floating Anthan Prime city known as the Spire, in order to learn who attacked the Imperial cruiser. Although he was able to point out Aphra as she attempted to evade Imperial forces, he was discreetly killed by Vader using the Force before he could provide a name, leaving her identity a secret.
- "Please, I surrender! I'll tell you everything!"
"Will you reveal to whom you sold explosives?"
- ―"The Dragon" and Darth Vader
Dealings with Dr. AphraEdit
The individual known as "the Dragon" was a male Ortolan who operated as an arms dealer on Anthan Prime, a planet located on the edge of the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories, during the Galactic Civil War. He was the most infamous arms dealer in his area of operation, and hired others to sell his wares. In the year 0 ABY, the Dragon sold explosives to Dr. Chelli Lona Aphra, a rogue archaeologist in service to Darth Vader, who was planning on raiding an Imperial light cruiser in orbit of Anthan Prime that was carrying a large amount of credits confiscated from the Son-tuul Pride, a criminal organization that was based on the Outer Rim world of Son-tuul. She used the explosives to destroy a large asteroid in orbit of Anthan Prime, which created a meteor storm that the Imperial ship collided with, hiding the fact that they'd disabled it with an ion charge. Meanwhile, Aphra's team infiltrated the ship and unsealed its vault, and then set a large meteor on a collision course with the ship, tearing a huge hole in it and jettisoning the credits and any evidence they were there into space, and then collected the credits while making the theft seem like an accident.
However, the Galactic Empire wasn't fooled and sent Darth Vader, the very person responsible for the attack, and Inspector Thanoth to find the party responsible and deliver justice. After examining the damage rendered to the ship, Thanoth correctly deduced the sequence of events that led to the successful theft of the Empire's credits and that the guilty party had purchased the explosives from the Dragon. They were able to successfully locate Doowan, one of the Dragon's dealers, and coax him into revealing the location of his boss's mansion, which was located in the lower reach of Anthan Prime's eastward core at the coordinates 241-86-1872, before executing him as a show of force.
The Empire then raided the Dragon's mansion, where he attempted to surrender after his men had been wiped out by Imperial forces, and offered to tell them everything about his operations, including who he had sold the explosives that were used in the attack on the Imperial cruiser to. However, to prevent him from incriminating Aphra, Vader killed the Dragon with his lightsaber and when questioned by Thanoth about what happened, claimed that the Dragon had threatened to blow up the building and that he prevented him from doing so. The inspector noticed that there was no trigger and chastised Vader for not realizing that he was bluffing. Thanoth then located the Dragon's records, which were sealed in a high quality safe that he believed would incinerate its contents after three failures to open it. The inspector was able to open it on the third try after noting that Ortolan secretions were distinctive, and that the amount of sweat on each button showed how often it was used in the sequence that unlocked the safe. Thanoth then took the records in order to discover where the core of crime currently was on Anthan Prime, with the hope that a little more investigation would allow them to discover who attacked the Imperial cruiser.
Using the Dragon's data, Thanoth was able to arrange a private meeting with a Givin known as "the Ante," the sector's prime information broker, who was based in the lower levels of the Spire, a city floating in upper atmosphere of Anthan Prime. Vader then marshaled a strike force of stormtroopers and attacked the Spire in hopes of capturing the Ante and learning who was behind the attack. After locating him, he revealed that he had destroyed his records, but was willing to cooperate and gave them the current location of the Plasma Devils, a criminal organization that was secretly a cell of the Alliance to Restore the Republic, based on the Thanteen Substrata on Anthan 1, a moon of Anthan Prime, that was disrupting Imperial operations across the sector. When Thanoth inquired about who had stolen the confiscated credits of the Son-tuul Pride, the Ante pointed out Aphra, who had been present on the Spire for a meeting with him, as she ran past, but before he could provide a name Vader used the Force to manipulate a Mon Calamari into killing the Ante with their blaster, preventing him from telling them her name. Vader was able to corner her and allowed her to escape, and brought down the ceiling to make it seem as if she brought it down with her ship, the Ark Angel. The doctor then evaded capture by Imperial forces after Vader persuaded Thanoth to instead pursue the revealed Plasma Devils, leaving Aphra's identity a secret.
Personality and traitsEdit
- "Ortolan secretions are quite distinctive. The amount of sweat on each button shows how often it's in the sequence. A logic puzzle, essentially. I filtered the remainder based upon what I suspect a man of the Dragon's limited intellect could recall."
- ―Inspector Thanoth insults the Dragon's intelligence
Although the Dragon was the most infamous arms dealer in his area of operation, when faced with death he attempted to surrender and offered to tell the Empire everything about his criminal operations, including who he sold weapons to. He was also a man of limited intellect and didn't wash his distinctive sweat off of the buttons of his safe, which, along with having chosen a simple combination, made it easy for Inspector Thanoth to guess its combination.
A male Ortolan, the Dragon had blue skin and black eyes. Like all members of his species, he didn't have any arms, only legs. He pierced both of his large, floppy ears with four silver rings, and a pendant in the shape of a dragon hung from his right ear.
- "His records, sealed. Three failures and it'll immolate its contents, I suspect."
- ―Thanoth describes the Dragon's safe
The Dragon wore a vest of silver scale armor over a brown outfit. At the time of his death, he carried a blaster pistol. The Dragon kept his records in a high quality safe in his mansion on Anthan Prime, which Inspector Thanoth suspected would immolate its contents after three incorrect attempts to open it.
Behind the scenesEdit
The Dragon was first mentioned in Darth Vader 9: Shadows and Secrets, Part III, a canon comic that was written by Kieron Gillen and illustrated by Salvador Larroca that was released on September 9, 2015. He made his first appearance and met his demise in Darth Vader 10: Shadows and Secrets, Part IV, which was also written by Gillen and illustrated by Larroca and was released on October 7, 2015.
- Darth Vader 9: Shadows and Secrets, Part III (First mentioned)
- Darth Vader 10: Shadows and Secrets, Part IV (First appearance)
- Darth Vader 11: Shadows and Secrets, Part V (Mentioned only)
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Becuase Star Wars: Darth Vader begins after Star Wars: Princess Leia, Heir to the Jedi, and the first three issues of the 2015 Star Wars comic series, we can deduce Darth Vader 10: Shadows and Secrets, Part IV takes place after said events because of this tweet by Kevin Hearne.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Darth Vader 10: Shadows and Secrets, Part IV
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Darth Vader 9: Shadows and Secrets, Part III
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Darth Vader 8: Shadows and Secrets, Part II
- ↑ Darth Vader 3: Vader, Part III
- ↑ Darth Vader 7: Shadows and Secrets, Part I
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Darth Vader 11: Shadows and Secrets, Part V
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Darth Vader 12: Shadows and Secrets, Part VI
- ↑ Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know