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- "This is Ghent, the slicer I mentioned."
- ―Talon Karrde
Born on the planet Baroli, Ghent's gift with codes and numbers was prodigious. He first came to prominence at the age of twelve, when he single-handedly cracked the Imperial ILKO code in two months—a project that took the Rebel Alliance's entire top slicer team a full month.
The crux of his early life, however, occurred shortly after the Battle of Endor. Still in his teens, he was lured to the Mid Rim world of Chibias, and blackmailed into joining a Rebel Alliance plot to decrypt the control node of a Star Destroyer. However, the plot was foiled when Ghent encountered the fugitive Emperor's Hand Mara Jade; the pair went their separate ways after the event, but before leaving the planet, Ghent was intercepted and recruited by Talon Karrde.
During the Thrawn Crisis, Ghent was brought in by Karrde after Admiral Gial Ackbar was imprisoned by the New Republic on suspicion of taking bribes. Karrde suspected that Ackbar had been framed and that the funds found in Ackbar's account had been placed there by a slicer, and wanted Ghent to prove his suspicions. Loaned to the New Republic's investigation, it took Ghent a mere two days to clear Ackbar of any wrongdoing.
Trapped on Coruscant by Thrawn's cloaked-asteroid blockade, Ghent was enlisted by the New Republic cryptologists to break the Imperial battle encryptions; he also "guarded" his friend and associate Mara Jade while she was hospitalized. Though his value as a guard was questionable as he tended to ignore most things that weren't binary, Mara appreciated the thought. By the time Ghent's month-long stay on the capital was up he had broken the Imperial code, in addition to slicing the pulse transmitter encrypt code that was used by Delta Source, an Imperial Intelligence system acquiring information directly from the New Republic headquarters for something to do. This led to the discovery, and eventual termination of the costly intelligence leak. During this time, he also sliced himself a code to get into the New Republic's war room. When Leia asked him why, he said he was bored. In his introduction to the crypt team, he was under their impression that their best encryption-breaking routines were a "silly drill."
Later during the conflict, Ghent assisted Leia Organa Solo's infiltration the planet of Wayland by rigging the Wild Karrde with a fake Imperial transponder code, allowing the ship and her passengers to penetrate the planet's defenses.
Thanks in part to his actions during the Thrawn Crisis, Ghent gained many valuable contacts in the upper echelons of the New Republic’s government. After Thrawn's death he joined New Republic Intelligence, and eventually worked his way up to the position of Chief of Cryptography for the New Republic, initially based aboard the Dreadnaught Peregrine under General Garm Bel Iblis.
In 19 ABY, Crypt Chief Ghent salvaged a scrambled transmission, addressed to General Garm Bel Iblis, from Admiral Gilad Pellaeon to extend peace between the Imperial Remnant and the New Republic once and for all. Later that year, he traveled to the Ubiqtorate base at Yaga Minor (disguised as an Imperial Lieutenant provided by Pellaeon) to retrieve an Imperial copy of the Caamas Document, an assignment that nearly resulted in his death when Bel Iblis, unaware of his presence, nearly destroyed the room he was in. During this time, he developed a social conscience after two days of moral discussion with Elegos A'Kla onboard a starship.
Ghent remained with NRI during and after the war with the Yuuzhan Vong. In 35 ABY he was called to Ossus by Luke Skywalker in an effort to solve some programming glitches with R2-D2. During the repairs, he was able to unlock holograms that showed Luke his mother, Padmé Amidala, for the first time, and how she died. However, Mara Jade found that Ghent was installing camera bugs in the New Jedi Temple under the orders of Chief of State Cal Omas. Luke Skywalker again trusted Ghent and let him finish his work on R2-D2.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
- Handoff"—Star Wars Gamer 10 "
- Heir to the Empire (First appearance)
- Dark Force Rising
- The Last Command
- Champions of the Force
- Children of the Jedi (Mentioned only)
- Specter of the Past (Mentioned only)
- Vision of the Future
- The New Jedi Order: Balance Point (Mentioned only) (First identified as Zakarisz)
- The New Jedi Order: Edge of Victory II: Rebirth (Indirect mention only)
- Dark Nest I: The Joiner King
- Dark Nest II: The Unseen Queen
- Dark Nest III: The Swarm War
- Heir to the Empire Sourcebook
- Dark Force Rising Sourcebook
- Star Wars Gamemaster Handbook
- The Last Command Sourcebook
- The Essential Guide to Characters
- The Thrawn Trilogy Sourcebook
- The Jedi Academy Sourcebook
- Star Wars Encyclopedia
- "Use the Force: A Novel Trivia Quiz"—Star Wars Galaxy Collector 5
- The Smuggler's Alliance"—Star Wars Gamer 3 "
- The New Essential Guide to Characters
- Threats of the Galaxy
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia