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"Of all the Jedi, why did I have to end up with Skywalker?"
―Wullf Yularen, on his assignment to Anakin Skywalker's fleet during the Clone Wars — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

Wullf Yularen was an admiral for the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars and later a colonel in the Galactic Empire's Imperial Security Bureau. He was eventually promoted to Deputy Director of the Naval Intelligence Agency. Yularen was one of the officers assigned to the Death Star.

BiographyEdit

Early Career Edit

Prior to the start of the Clone Wars, Wullf Yularen served as an officer in the Republic Navy. He participated in the Battle of Malastare Narrows, a conflict in which a fleet organized by the Corporate Alliance blockaded the planet. Despite his best efforts, the enemy fleet, lead by Admiral Trench, proved impossible to break, and in the process Yularen lost a many of his own forces. Trench was eventually defeated and seemingly killed by a dispatched Jedi task force, but Yularen left the battle with a lasting fear of the Admiral's tactical capabilities.

The Clone WarsEdit

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Yularen during the Clone Wars

Following the formation of the Grand Army of the Republic, Yularen was assigned to the Resolute, the starship that would fall under the control of Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker.

During the Battle of Christophsis, Trench would reappear, commanding the Separatist blockade of the planet. Fearing his capabilities, Yularen personally participated in a mercy mission aboard an experimental Stealth ship, to provide relief to the planet below. Alongside Skywalker, Yularen would eventually defeat Trench once again and in the process broke the Confederate blockade.[7] Yularen was also able to able to force the Separatists to retreat from Christophsis with Master Yoda's reinforcements.

Yularen then assisted General Kenobi in rescuing what was left Captain Rex's troops holed up at Teth's B'omarr Monastery. He tried to allow Skywalker, his apprentice and Jabba the Hutt's son, Rotta to land on his ship but were unable to due to Vulture droids attacking the hangar.[4]

Yularen then commanded Skywalker's fleet during the search for General Grievous's secret weapon.[8] Yularen continued to command the fleet against Grievous's ship, the Malevolence during it's attack on Kaliida Shoals Medical Center,[9] and failed retreat.[10] Yularen then assisted Kenobi and Skywalker in their search for Grievous. Yularen then informed them that the Rishi Station had stopped transmitting and then had the fleet alerted to this problem, which was a attack by Grievous.[11] He was involved in multiple other engagements as well, such as the Battle of Ryloth and the Second Battle of Geonosis.[12]

During the second year of the Clone Wars, Admiral Yularen took an interest in Count Dooku and his new right-hand man "Admiral Enigma", who was actually the former Jedi Master Quinlan Vos. After receiving intelligence that Dooku and Admiral Enigma had been sighted on a Providence-class dreadnought that was planning to attack Taris, Yularen informed the Jedi Council, which had been engrossed in a meeting to discuss rescuing Vos. Using Admiral Yularen's information, the Council decided to rescue Vos and agreed to pardon the Dark Sider Asajj Ventress if she agreed to take part in the rescue mission. While the rescue mission was successful, Vos had secretly turned to the Dark Side and become Dooku's newest Sith apprentice.[13]

Galactic Civil WarEdit

Under the Galactic EmpireEdit

Following the war, and the creation of the Galactic Empire, Yularen resigned his admiral's commission in favor of pursuing a career with the Imperial Security Bureau (or ISB) with the rank of colonel, as well as the Commission for the Preservation of the New Order. He was later promoted to Deputy Director of the Naval Intelligence Agency after it was folded under Military Intelligence.[6]

By the fifteenth year of the Empire, Yularen had been returned to a high command position in the ISB. Agent Kallus, who was after a crew of insurgents known as the Spectres, answered to Yularen.[14]

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Behind the scenesEdit

Wullf Yularen first appeared as an unnamed background character in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, played by Robert Clarke, and he was given the name Wullf Yularen by the Star Wars Legends card game Star Wars Customizable Card Game. Yularen would later be adopted by the Star Wars: The Clone Wars television series as a recurring character.

In the StarWars.com Encyclopedia and the Databank, Yularen's first name was spelled Wulff, rather than Wullf as spelled in the Star Wars Customizable Card Game, thus making the new spelling part of the official Star Wars canon. However, Tarkin, a 2014 novel by James Luceno, and Ultimate Star Wars, a 2015 sourcebook published by Dorling Kindersley, use the original Star Wars Legends spelling of his name. This issue was later remedied, with Yularen's Databank page being updated with the "Wullf" spelling.

In 2008's Star Wars: The Clone Wars film and the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series, Yularen is voiced by veteran Star Wars voice actor Tom Kane. Kane compared Yularen in Imperial times to General Erwin Rommel, a German commander in World War II. Rommel's opposite number on the battlefield, Lieutenant-General Bernard Montgomery, respected the German commander and said that even though Rommel wore the Nazi uniform, he wasn't a Nazi. Kane believed that Yularen, a strict military officer, was simply following orders when the Republic transitioned into the Empire.

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