- "As I served you in the old wars, I serve you now."
- ―Enric Pryde, to Darth Sidious
Enric Pryde was a human male officer who held the military rank of Allegiant General in the First Order during the First Order/Resistance War. In the last days of the conflict, Pryde was appointed as the commanding officer of the Final Order—a fleet of Xyston-class Star Destroyers—by the reborn Galactic Emperor Darth Sidious. Occupying a position of power and privilege, Pryde was a high-ranking First Order officer who wielded authority over the ground and naval forces of the First Order military. Pryde's flagship, the Resurgent-class Star Destroyer Steadfast, was named in honor of the vessel he commanded during his time in the Imperial Navy.
A native of the planet Alsakan, Pryde was raised under the reign of the Galactic Empire. As such, his ideology was shaped by the principles of the New Order. A veteran of the Imperial Military, he retreated into the Unknown Regions of the galaxy after the Empire fell to the forces of the New Republic. Like other Imperial officers, Pryde joined the Empire's successor state, the First Order, longing to return to the High Human culture and civilization of his youth. During the New Republic Era, he served as part of a second wave of leadership that Supreme Leader Snoke kept in reserve after the unveiling of Starkiller Base. After Snoke's death, Supreme Leader Kylo Ren supported Pryde's career at the expense of his rival, General Armitage Hux.
While the mysticism of Snoke and Ren were foreign to him, as were the dark side rituals of Sith cultists, Pryde was interested in the material benefits they offered to the military. As a member of the Supreme Council, he supported Ren's alliance with the Sith Eternal cult and personally executed Hux for committing the treason of espionage against the First Order. When Ren's mission to Kef Bir ended with his redemption, Pryde assumed command in the absence of a Supreme Leader. Having served Sidious in the Galactic Civil War, Pryde swore his allegiance to the Emperor and was given command of Final Order comprising hundreds of Sith Star Destroyers, fitted with axial superlaser cannons that were capable of obliterating entire planets. Pryde, however, perished when his command ship was destroyed by Resistance forces during the Battle of Exegol. Without the Steadfast, the Sith warships were unable to leave Exegol, resulting in the Final Order's destruction by the Resistance navy and their allies.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early life[edit | edit source]
Serving the Empire[edit | edit source]
During the Imperial Era, Enric Pryde served in the Imperial Navy of the Galactic Empire. He was posted on the Star Destroyer Steadfast from 6 BBY. As a young fleet officer, Pryde personally witnessed Darth Vader in action. After the Steadfast was destroyed at the Battle of Jakku in 5 ABY, Pryde fled into the Unknown Regions as other Imperial officers had done after the Empire's defeat by the New Republic at the battle.
Rise of the First Order[edit | edit source]
Snoke's reign[edit | edit source]
Enric Pryde, now a veteran of the Imperial Military, joined the First Order, a military junta established by former Imperial officers, nobles, technologists, and warlords who had fled the known galaxy into the Unknown Regions after the Empire's defeat at Jakku. Sometime after the rise of Snoke as Supreme Leader of the First Order, Snoke gave Pryde command of a Resurgent-class Star Destroyer, which was named the "Steadfast" by Pryde in honor of the Star Destroyer he served aboard during the days of the Galactic Empire. Pryde was part of a second wave of leadership in the First Order kept in reserve by Supreme Leader Snoke during the unveiling of Starkiller Base, which Pryde would later come to regard as an error. Pryde eventually came to realize that Supreme Leader Snoke himself was subservient to an unknown force.
Kylo Ren's reign[edit | edit source]
- "They've conjured legions of Star Destroyers. The Sith fleet will increase our resources ten-thousandfold! Such range in power will correct the error of Starkiller Base."
- ―Enric Pryde, to the Supreme Council, regarding the Final Order
After the death of Snoke, his former apprentice Kylo Ren, who had secretly assassinated Snoke himself but instead had implicated Rey as Snoke's murderer, became the new Supreme Leader of the First Order, coercing General Armitage Hux into following him. Pryde was left as one of the most senior officers in the First Order High Command and commanded reserve forces. While rebuilding his command, Kylo Ren discovered the reserve forces under Pryde's leadership and brought Pryde to the fore, eventually making him a member of the Supreme Council he formed and promoted him to Allegiant General. Pryde knew far more about the machinations of Supreme Leader Snoke and the late Galactic Emperor Darth Sidious than his cohorts, which he used towards his advantage to cement his power.
In the year after the Battle of Crait, a mysterious broadcast with the voice of the late Emperor Palpatine swept out across the galaxy. Deeming the Emperor's return as a potential threat to his rule, Ren diverted his attention from the Resistance and sought ways to track down Palpatine's whereabouts. The Supreme Leader became aware that he required a Sith wayfinder to do so, leading Ren to go, accompanied by Pryde and Hux, to the volcanic planet of Mustafar, once ruled by Vader from his personal stronghold, Fortress Vader. Upon arriving there, Ren and a stormtrooper squad engaged in a fight with the Alazmec of Winsit, a tenacious sect of Sith cultists devoted to protecting Corvax Fen and who venerated Vader as a deity of the dark side, while Pryde and Hux watched from a safe distance. As the fight ensued, Pryde asked Hux if he didn't like to see Ren fighting. When Hux expressed his opinion that Ren had gone mad due prioritizing a ghost's chase over the burning rebellion flames across the galaxy, Pryde reminded Hux that there was someone behind the message and that Ren would answer to no one.
Ren eventually made his way to Fortress Vader and recovered Vader's wayfinder, which he used to track down the Emperor. After discovering the returned Emperor Palpatine, his cult, the Sith Eternal and their built up forces on Exegol, and learning that there was a spy within the First Order who had sent a message to the Resistance, Kylo Ren presented the head of Boolio before Pryde and the rest of the Supreme Council and informed them of his findings during a meeting on the Steadfast. General Domaric Quinn expressed skepticism of the cult, dismissing them as soothsayers and conjurers, but Pryde supported the First Order's alliance with the Sith Eternal, noting that the Final Order would increase their resources ten thousandfold before snidely remarking that it would "correct the error" of Starkiller Base while glaring at General Hux.
After discovering that the Resistance was operating on Pasaana, Kylo Ren ordered Allegiant General Pryde to notify their local forces on Pasaana of the Resistance's presence. General Hux later discussed the mission to Pasaana with Allegiant General Pryde, noting that the First Order had experienced considerable losses under the command of the Knights of Ren. Hux presented their captured prisoner, Chewbacca, to Pryde, who ordered he be locked up in the detention block. After the Resistance's mission to Kijimi, during which time Hux had helped Poe Dameron and Finn return to Millennium Falcon and escape the Steadfast, Hux reported to Pryde that the Resistance fighters had forced him to help them escape. However, Pryde saw through Hux's lie and, having realized that Hux was the spy, executed him on the spot before having the Supreme Leader informed of Hux's treason. Pryde also told Ren that the Sith dagger, upon which there was an inscription of the location of one of the Sith wayfinders, now in the Resistance's possession, had been scanned during the captivity of the Wookiee, allowing for Ren to track Rey to Kef Bir, where the Jedi aspirant hoped to uncover a Sith wayfinder that would lead to Darth Sidious.
Joining the Final Order[edit | edit source]
- "They're targeting the navigation tower so the fleet can't deploy!"
"Then we won't use that tower. Switch out the source of the navigation signal to this ship. We will guide the fleet out ourselves."
- ―A First Order officer and Enric Pryde, during the battle at Exegol
Kylo Ren renounced the dark side after his mother, Princess Leia Organa, sacrificed herself to reach out to him during a duel with Rey on Kef Bir, assuming his identity as Ben Solo once more. Sometime later, Darth Sidious, in his public persona as Emperor Palpatine, discussed this turn of events with Allegiant General Pryde over a hologram. Sidious ordered the Allegiant General to come to him on Exegol, and Pryde pledged himself to Sidious, recalling to the Emperor that he had served him during the Old Wars, and now would do so again. Pryde's declaration thus cemented the alliance between the First Order and Sith cultists. The Emperor then informed the Allegiant General that he was sending him a Xyston-class Star Destroyer and ordered him to send it to a planet with ties to the Resistance. General Pryde had the Star Destroyer sent to Kijimi, which it subsequently destroyed.
Allegiant General Pryde arrived on Exegol sometime before the Battle of Exegol, where the Steadfast acted as the command ship of the Sith fleet. A Resistance attack soon launched, hoping to prevent the Sith fleet from sowing chaos across the galaxy. After learning from a fellow officer that the Resistance was targeting the navigation tower on Exegol, Pryde had the source of the navigation signal needed for the Sith fleet to deploy from Exegol switched to the Steadfast, declaring that they would guide the fleet out themselves. However, Resistance General Finn realized that the signal had been transferred to the Steadfast, and the Resistance's ground team concocted a daring plan to land on the hull of the Steadfast. Pryde had legions of Sith troopers and Sith jet troopers deployed to repel any boarders and also ordered a bridge technician to jam the Resistance speeders, only to be informed that they were not using speeders; rather, to Pryde's astonishment, the Resistance mounted a cavalry charge on orbaks against the Sith troopers, causing a battle to break out on the ship's hull.
Pryde was further baffled when another fleet comprised of thousands of ships arrived to reinforce the Resistance, wanting to know where such a vast amount of ships had come from, given that the Resistance had no navy. Admiral Griss, also in attendance, shocked Pryde by remarking that it wasn't a navy, but the ordinary people of the galaxy, rising up and coming together to turn back the darkness that threatened them.
When Finn and Jannah were successful in shutting down the transmitter, the Resistance prepared to depart the ship, having beaten back a multitude of Sith troopers. However, Pryde merely gave the order to reset the Steadfast's systems, which Finn caught on to. He and Jannah chose to stay on the ship while the rest of the ground team escaped.
Holding back onslaughts of Sith troopers, Finn and Jannah successfully destroyed the Steadfast by turning its turbolasers against the ship itself, corresponding with the final demise of Emperor Darth Sidious at the hands of Rey. As the Steadfast began to crumble under its own firepower, Pryde ran towards the front of the bridge and stared out at the Sith fleet as it was overwhelmed and destroyed by the allied fleet. Pryde did not have long to despair, however, as a massive explosion consumed the bridge of the Steadfast, killing all present on it and hurling Pryde's lifeless body through the viewport.
Personality and traits[edit | edit source]
- "Where did they get all these fighter craft? They have no navy."
"It's not a navy, sir, it's just… people."
- ―Enric Pryde and Frantis Griss, during the battle at Exegol
Enric Pryde longed for the return of the Galactic Empire and authority to the galaxy. Pryde favorably remembered the spectacle that was the Empire Day parades. Pryde recognized that he knew more about Sidious and Snoke's machinations than most of his cohorts and used it to maintain his own power.
Unlike his First Order allies, Pryde displayed a tolerance for mysticism but refused to voice his opinions. When the First Order joined forces with the Sith Eternal, he was ambitious to use their forces while most of the First Order clashed with their new allies. Pryde viewed the arcane behavior of the Sith Eternal as by-products of a thirst for power. Unlike more arrogant officers, he knew not to disrespect these beliefs as he had personally seen Darth Vader in action. General Hux speculated that Pryde had something about him that kept him unafraid, immune and safe when informing Supreme Leader Kylo Ren of bad news, and that it kept him from Force choked or getting beheaded.
As a First Order officer, Enric Pryde was a calm yet highly intelligent and ruthless general. Although Pryde served the Order faithfully, he had a disdain for the gruesome and horrible aspects of it. After the Resistance fighters escaped the Steadfast, Pryde was the first officer to identify General Hux's betrayal as the spy against the First Order and ruthlessly executed him on the spot without hesitation, showing no remorse for his actions. Pryde could see the value in the legions of Star Destroyers that had been created by the Final Order, even when others dismissed it. Pryde viewed the Starkiller Base superweapon as an "error", as the resources used in its construction and subsequently lost when it was blown up by the Resistance had made it difficult for the First Order to maintain a firm hold on the galaxy, and saw the offer of the Sith Destroyer fleet as a means of correcting that error. Although Pryde had ambition when it came to cementing his power, he was also loyal to Emperor Palpatine as a veteran of the Galactic Empire, pledging the First Order to him. Pryde was able to maintain a calm composure even when bewildered, such as when an allied fleet arrived to reinforce the Resistance at the battle at Exegol, something he had no backup plan for. When facing his death, Pryde ultimately lost his cool composition, giving in to anger and fear when faced with his last defeat.
Enric Pryde was a human male who had blue eyes, fair skin, and gray hair. He wore a unique First Order military officer uniform along with his appropriate rank insignia of the First Order. He also often carried a lacquered ebonwood swaggerstick, which connected to the riding traditions of the military of Alsakan, Pryde's homeworld.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Pryde is a character who first appeared in the 2019 film Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker, the third and final installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy. He was portrayed by Richard E. Grant. To get the role of Pryde, Grant had to audition by acting out scenes from "a forties British war film," and a few months later, he was taken to Pinewood Studios to meet director J.J. Abrams, who told him he got the role. When playing Pryde, Grant took inspiration from Peter Cushing's portrayal of Wilhuff Tarkin in the 1977 film Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition audiobook
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: A Junior Novel audiobook
- The Rise of Skywalker Adaptation 1
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker (Set: 75256 Kylo Ren's Shuttle)
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – The Official Collector's Edition
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Galactic Guide
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary (First identified as Enric)
- The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
- "The Final Order and the Battle of Exegol" – Star Wars Encyclopedia
Notes and references[edit | edit source]
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary gives Enric Pryde's age as 62 years during the events of the film which is set one year after the Hosnian Cataclysm. Since the Hosnian Cataclysm took place in 34 ABY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, he was born in 27 BBY.
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary dates the events of Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker to one year after the events of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of The Force Awakens to 34 ABY, the events of The Rise of Skywalker must occur in 35 ABY.
- Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker
- The Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary states that Pryde was given advanced placement in the Alsakan Academy 45 years before the "Starkiller Incident." As Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Starkiller Incident to 34 ABY, it can be deduced that Pryde joined the academy by 11 BBY.
- Lost Stars
- Breznican, Anthony (August 12, 2015). Star Wars: The Force Awakens: J.J. Abrams explores 'Who IS Luke Skywalker …?'. Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on March 18, 2020. Retrieved on August 25, 2015.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Expanded Edition
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- Collins, Robbie (19 January 2019). Interview: For his best role in decades - as a forger's right-hand man - Richard E Grant didn't have to look far for inspiration. telegraph.co.uk. Archived from the original on March 18, 2020.