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"I've always viewed generosity as a weakness, to be exploited. Ruthlessly exploited."
―Delak Krennel[4]

Delak Krennel was a Human male native to Corulag. Krennel would eventually enroll within the Imperial Navy of the Galactic Empire. Krennel was an aggressive commander, and was extremely Humanocentric, displaying hatred towards Non-humans.

Krennel would ascend to the rank of Admiral, and became the commanding officer of the Imperial II-class Star Destroyer Reckoning, and was assigned to serve Grand Admiral Thrawn's fleet based within the Unknown Regions. Krennel hated Thrawn, and disobeyed direct orders and carried out ruthless strikes against the enemy. This prompted Thrawn into removing his arm, and Krennel would replace it with a prosthetic arm. Krennel would be sent to Imperial Center to be punished, but with the Imperial loss at Endor, Krennel received none.

Krennel went on to serve Director Ysanne Isard, current leader of the Empire. Isard dispatched Krennel to eliminate Grand Vizier Pestage, after leaving service. Krennel would kill Pestage, and become a warlord through the self-styled title "Prince-Admiral." He would financially support Thrawn when he returned from the Unknown Regions to fight the New Republic. Krennel would later desire peace and allow refugees to enter his territory. When the New Republic recovered plans that depicted Krennel supposedly building a Death Star-weapon, New Republic forces would deploy to end Krennel's fiefdom. Krennel would eventually die in battle aboard the Reckoning, ending his life and his faction.


Krennel was born on Corulag. At a young age, he demonstrated the firm Humanocentrism as well as the sadism and penchant for brutality that would mark his later career when he helped his father burn down alien-owned farmlands so they could be seized by a Human agro-combine.[1]

He began his Imperial service when he joined the Prefsbelt IV Naval Academy.[1] His academy record was relatively undistinguished,[source?] except for several prizes as an intramural unarmed combat champion. In later years, Krennel still kept himself in fighting trim, and his abilities were only enhanced when his right hand and forearm were replaced by a mechanical prosthetic, which was composed of metal and glowed from within with red light.[1]

Upon graduation, Krennel was assigned to active service under Grand Admiral Rufaan Tigellinus. Krennel's brutality grated on his refined commanding officer, and Tigellinus reassigned him to the Unknown Regions of the galaxy, where he served under the Chiss known as Thrawn as a captain in command of the Star Destroyer Reckoning. Krennel resented his position beneath a nonhuman officer, as well as his post at the Unknown Regions, but could not voice his frustrations to Thrawn, so he instead used his rage to escalate his brutal nature on the alien prisoners. Eventually, Krennel's anger towards Thrawn had him decide to use a force pike against one of Thrawn's artworks, in mockery of his superior's tendency to utilize alien artwork to exploit an alien race's weakness during battle. This resulted in Thrawn ordering one of his Noghri Death Commandos to cut his arm off from the elbow down before he could damage it. Following the incident, Krennel acquired a new respect for both Thrawn and the power of fear, as well as a prosthetic limb.[5] Eventually, he chose to disobey an order to subjugate a world. Instead, Krennel chose to pacify it via bombardment, a choice that saw him recalled to Coruscant for a personal punishment from Palpatine. Before Palpatine could deliver his judgment, he perished at Endor - leaving Krennel, sure of vindication, feeling as if he had a stain on his record.[source?]


Delak Krennel and Ysanne Isard, each with their own secret agendas

In the wake of the Battle of Endor, Krennel was promoted to the rank of admiral.[5] On the orders of Ysanne Isard,[6] director of Imperial Intelligence,[7] he took Reckoning to the planet Axxila in an attempt to capture an Alliance force led by Leia Organa. Krennel had his TIE/LN starfighter complement fire upon local civilians to draw out the Rebels, but was forced to withdraw, empty-handed, by an AT3 Directive issued by Imperial defector Soontir Fel, posing as an undercover operative. At the insistence of Imperial regent Sate Pestage, Krennel obeyed, at the same time allowing a freighter carrying pirate Captain Leonia Tavira to jump to lightspeed. Unbeknownst to the admiral, Pestage had negotiated with both Tavira and the Rebels to secure their support in his own defection.[3] Pestage fled Imperial Center for Ciutric IV and Krennel, aligned with General Paltr Carvin of the tribunal that took the regent's place and eager to make up for his deception at Axxila, was assigned on a retrieval mission to Ciutric. While assessing a tactical hologram for the coming operation, the admiral was intercepted by Isard, who negotiated possession of Pestage for political power and the addition of the Interdictor-class Star Destroyer Binder to Krennel's own Reckoning.[8]

When Pestage escaped the New Republic, he sought asylum with Krennel, unaware of his hatred for the Grand Vizier. Krennel strangled Pestage and seized his holdings in the Ciutric Hegemony, before coldly murdering Pestage's entire family. Krennel then styled himself as a warlord, with the title of "Prince-Admiral."[1]

During Thrawn's campaign, Krennel offered monetary support and pretended to pay heed to his former commander's call for unity.[1] In 9 ABY,[2] after the defeat of Thrawn at Bilbringi, Krennel was targeted to be an example to warlords of the New Republic's newly strengthened policy against them.[1]

With the clone Isard, Krennel began a plot to sow chaos in the New Republic between Human and nonhuman species, waylay freight traffic to Coruscant at Liinade III, and conquer Coruscant. Rogue Squadron put their plans to a quick end, with the aid of the original Ysanne Isard. Wedge Antilles forwarded intelligence provided by Isard to the New Republic Defense Fleet, which dispatched a flotilla to Ciutric before Krennel's forces could launch their attack. The flotilla, under the command of Admiral Gial Ackbar crushed Krennel's forces in a Thrawn Pincer and seized the shield-stripped capital of the Hegemony. Krennel died aboard his flagship, Reckoning, when a concussion missile launched from either the Selonian Fire or Corusca Fire pierced the forward viewport, shattering the viewport and sending shards of transparisteel through Krennel's body. When the missile exploded, Krennel and the entire bridge were destroyed.[1]

Personality and traits[]

"Why study the art of a species when I know all I need to know to destroy that species?"
―Delak Krennel[8]

Krennel was a competent tactician and strategist (as evidenced by his promotion to Imperial Admiral), but he was a brutal man by nature and had little tolerance for the subtler approaches espoused by two of his old superiors, Thrawn and Isard. His reflexive response to any obstacle was to crush it.

He was very sadistic, as well as masochistic, the latter trait being adopted shortly after he lost his arm to Thrawn when trying to damage one of his artworks.[5]

During his brief tutelage by Isard's clone as ruler of the Ciutric Hegemony, he began to experiment with political propaganda and other means of manipulating opinion in his favor, presenting himself as a sympathetic ruler rather than a tyrant. He started to see the effectiveness of these methods and flattered himself that he was a quick learner and would soon be able to master them without "Isard's" help. His death in battle cut short any promise he might have shown.[1]


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