- "Excellent, Cadet Ree Your answer is the one I find ideal in a tactical sense—and a moral sense, as well."
- ―The professor congratulates Ree
A male human professor taught the Destroyer-Level Craft Operations class at the Royal Imperial Academy on the planet Coruscant during the reign of the Galactic Empire. Several years before the Battle of Yavin, the professor asked his students during class which of the three methods of self-destruct should be used in a situation when a Star Destroyer has been taken over by enemies. One of the cadets, Thane Kyrell, suggested the automatic self-destruct, which would give the longest time to detonation, allowing more troops to make it to escape pods. The professor, not entirely satisfied with that answer, turned to Kyrell's classmate Ciena Ree, who suggested that the Destroyer's captain should signal for all to abandon ship, seal herself on the bridge, remain within to provide cover for escape pods, and ultimately die with her vessel. The professor then congratulated Ree, awarding the cadet one of his rare smiles.