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"You will never stop us. We will not be broken. However long it takes, we will never stop fighting."
―Caluan Ematt, to Commander Alecia Beck[src]

Caluan Ematt was a human male soldier who served as a lieutenant in the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War. He fought against the Galactic Empire, during which Ematt was given command of the Shrikes, a special recon unit that was tasked with identifying, securing and preparing new Rebel bases for the Alliance. He was a friend of Princess Leia Organa and would later go on to serve with her at a Resistance base as a major, and later general in the Resistance during the war against the First Order.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Galactic Civil War[edit | edit source]

Leader of the Shrikes[edit | edit source]

Ematt as a lieutenant

Lieutenant Caluan Ematt was a soldier in the Alliance to Restore the Republic during its fight against the Galactic Empire in the Galactic Civil War serving as part of the Shrikes recon unit.[2]

Mission to the Graceful Promising[edit | edit source]

At some point after the Battle of Yavin, Ematt was requested by Han Solo to aid in a scavenging operation to the Graceful Promising, a derelict Vontorian treasure ship. The ship had been loaded with treasures by the famed pirate queen Maz Kanata and had since then been locked into close orbit around a dark star. Accompanied by several Alliance Pathfinders, Ematt worked in concert with Solo and Chewbacca which resulted in a successful mission. Among one of the many useful finds was a significant batch of Kiirium. Solo then decided to let the Alliance keep most of the money gained from the mission despite his debts to Jabba.[9]

Zastiga[edit | edit source]

Shortly after the Battle of Hoth, Ematt accompanied Nien Nunb to the Remembrance so that they could pick Leia Organa up and take her to a secret meeting with the leadership of the Alliance to Restore the Republic on Zastiga.[7]

Sullust[edit | edit source]

After the stalling of Operation Ringbreaker, Ematt traveled to Sullust to help the Sullustan Resistance.[5]

Battle of Endor[edit | edit source]

Ematt was later part of the Endor strike team led by General Han Solo, and participated in the climatic Battle of Endor.[5]

Joining the Resistance[edit | edit source]

Ematt as a Resistance major

Eventually the Alliance to Restore the Republic was able to defeat the Empire and formed the New Republic, with Ematt becoming a member.[6] In 28 ABY,[10] following the assassination of Senator Tai-Lin Garr, Ematt attended a secret meeting with several other New Republic soldiers, pilots, and officers where Leia announced the formation of the Resistance, a paramilitary organization dedicated to defending the New Republic from threats like the First Order.[6]

In the early days of the Resistance, Ematt served as an agent for Organa by continuing his service in the New Republic Defense Force whilst seeking potential converts for the Resistance. After the defection of too many New Republic pilots to go unnoticed, Ematt left his post in the Republic to fully join the Resistance.[3]

Recruiting Poe Dameron[edit | edit source]

In 31 ABY,[11] he escorted Organa to the Mirrin Prime Republic base to see the recruitment of Commander Poe Dameron, fresh from a skirmish with the First Order. Ematt intercepted the young pilot as he landed with two shore police, and brought him to Organa.[12]

Battle of Crait[edit | edit source]

"Ground forces, incoming."
―Caluan Ematt during the Battle of Crait[src]

General Ematt with his troops on Crait.

Following the Battle of Starkiller Base, Ematt was promoted from major to general.[13] During the Battle of Crait, Ematt observed the All Terrain MegaCaliber Sixes en route to Crait outpost, and was situated near a trench while his men took positions.[14]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

"Trust is as precious as it is rare, but you only get it by giving it."
―Caluan Ematt, to Han Solo[src]

Caluan Ematt was a human male with brown hair and eyes.[2]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Caluan Ematt first appeared in the simultaneous release of Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure and Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure on Force Friday in 2015, identified only as "Ematt." Later that September, Nestlé released Smuggler's Run, an animated adaptation of the novel, in which Ematt's first name is identified as "Caluan." Jordan D. White, an editor for the Star Wars comics at Marvel who worked on the video, confirmed the spelling on Twitter. He was portrayed by Andrew Jack in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi.

Ematt appears in concept art for the Resistance base in Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker, but is not in the movie itself.[15]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Non-canon appearances[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

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  1. In the junior novel Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure, Han denotes that Caluan Ematt must not even be two decades old, that being said we can extrapolate that Caluan was born sometime around 20 BBY.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars: The Rebel Files
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Bloodline
  7. 7.0 7.1 Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure
  8. 8.0 8.1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  9. Star Wars: Smuggler's Guide
  10. TwitterLogo.svg Del Rey (@DelReyStarWars) on Twitter: "So excited to have @claudiagray writing a #StarWars novel with us. SW: New Republic: Bloodline coming 2016. Set 6 years before TFA." (screenshot) The tweet in question states that the events of Bloodline take place six years before the events of the film Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas establishes that the events of The Force Awakens take place in the year 34 ABY and so using simple math it can be concluded that the events of Bloodline take place in 28 ABY.
  11. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that BB-8 and Poe Dameron joined the Resistance three years before the Starkiller Incident, which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 34 ABY. Therefore, BB-8 and Dameron joined the Resistance in 31 ABY.
  12. Before the Awakening
  13. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary
  14. Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi
  15. The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
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