- "Win or lose, live or die—some battles must be fought. If we choose to do nothing, then we kill hope. I will fight this fight—alone if I must. But I will fight."
- ―Admiral Gar Stazi
Gar Stazi was a Duros admiral serving in the Galactic Alliance Defense Fleet at the time of the Sith–Imperial War, as commander of the Core Fleet. His actions at the Battle of Caamas, a Sith victory, preserved a portion of the Alliance to continue the fight against the Empire, making him a legend among the Imperial officers he faced in battle. Following the escape from Caamas, Stazi became the leader of the Galactic Alliance Remnant. He served as its Supreme Commander and led the Alliance from the bridge of his personal flagship, the Scythe-class battle cruiser Indomitable. To maintain his fleet's ability to harass the Sith, Stazi regularly sought out supplies, new recruits, and even tried to capture major Imperial warships to bolster his forces.
In 137 ABY, part of his fleet participated in the Battle of Mon Calamari. In what turned out to be a major Alliance victory, Stazi's forces managed to capture the Imperious, a prototype Imperious-class Star Destroyer, and cripple the Mon Calamari Shipyards, thus hampering the Sith's ability to construct new ships, and damaging their efforts to control the galaxy. Following these victories, Stazi's forces continued to be active in numerous engagements, including a joint operation with Roan Fel's forces at Ralltiir and the massive evacuation of Dac. Stazi also led Galactic Alliance forces during the final showdown over Coruscant with Krayt's forces during the allies final push of the war.
Following the defeat of the Sith Empire at Coruscant, Stazi became one of the three Triumvirs in the Galactic Federation Triumvirate. Following the Carreras Incident, Stazi was appraised of the new threat posed by the rogue Sith Darth Wredd, who wanted to destroy the One Sith in order to rebuild the Rule of Two. Later, Admiral Stazi and the Imperial Knight Master Yalta Val led a Triumvirate task force to liberate enslaved Mon Calamari and Quarren refugees in the Mon Calamari Shipyards, who had come under the thralldom of another Sith Darth Luft and his pirate associates. Stazi and Val succeeded in neutralizing the threat posed by the pirates and liberating the shipyards. This proved to be a popular action that helped bolster the fledgling Galactic Triumvirate in the eyes of the galaxy.
Gar Stazi joined the Galactic Alliance Navy and attended the naval academy on Anaxes. Two years after being commissioned an officer in the Navy, Stazi was assigned to a Galactic Alliance peacekeeping mission in the Sepan sector. Home to the Ripoblus and Dimok, the sector had be a hot spot of civil war and unrest since before the Clone Wars. Galactic Alliance warships were assigned to the sector to patrol trade routes and ensure no Dimok or Ripoblus starships engaged each other, while elements of the Galactic Alliance Army were deployed to worlds in the sector that contained mixed populations of both species.
During his deployment, Stazi was among a group of naval officers assigned to a groundside visit to Kuthard, a world settled by both the Dimok and Ripoblus. During a tour of a half-bombed village in the Kuthard backcountry, Stazi traveled with a group of journalists from the Coruscant News Network and a Tynnan diplomat. The group encountered a elderly Dimok matriarch, who was interviewed the Coruscant News Net journalists. At first, the old Dimok professed a desire for peace so that her grandchildren could have a brighter future. However, when pressed by the Tynnan diplomat as to whether she would give a small parcel of her land to the Ripoblus to settle an old dispute, the old Dimok women went into a rage and proclaimed she would sooner die before giving up even a small piece of her land. This event had a profound affect of Stazi's outlook towards war and peace and he would latter recount the event to Jhoram Bey in 137 ABY.
Command during Sith-Imperial War
- "I think it's a trap. I think we were fed the intelligence."
- ―Admiral Gar Stazi, to the Alliance Triumvirate two days prior to the Battle of Caamas
Prior to 127 ABY, Gar Stazi was assigned as the commander of the Galactic Alliance Core Fleet. A prestigious command, the Core Fleet was assigned the crucial role of defending Coruscant and other key Core Worlds. Stazi's fleet would be a key asset for the GA following the sabotage of the Ossus Project by the One Sith and their alliance with the Fel Empire. Enraged by the apparent Yuuzhan Vong betrayal and desirous of a return to the glory days of the old Empire, the Moff Council forced Galactic Emperor Roan Fel to declare war on the Galactic Alliance. The subsequent Sith–Imperial War would mark the end of nearly a century of peace between the two galactic powers.
After initial successes in the war's first year, the conflict began to take it's toll on the Galactic Alliance. Due to his role as defender of the Alliance capital, Stazi was present during a critical meeting of the Alliance Triumvirate in 130 ABY. At the meeting, the Triumvirs Gial Gahan, Nu Toreena, and Bail Antilles listened to a proposed plan by recently promoted Rear Admiral Piers Petan to ambush Roan Fel at Caamas. According to the intelligence that Petan had gathered, Fel was scheduled to meet with representatives of the Hapes Consortium and Chiss Ascendancy to discuss plans for joining forces against the Alliance.
On the advice of Jedi Master Kol Skywalker, Gial Gahan voiced his opposition to the proposed ambush. Skywalker argued against sending Alliance forces to Caamas, stating that the New Jedi Order believed it to be an Imperial trap. Stazi agreed with both Skywalker and Gahan, expressing his opinion to the Triumvirate that he believed Caamas to be an Imperial ploy. However, with the support of Nu Torenna, Petan's arguments swayed the third Triumvir, Bail Antilles. Fearing that the Alliance's control if its star systems was slowly bleeding away, Antilles agreed to approve Petan's plan. Still wary of the battle plan proposed by Petan, Stazi confided in his friend and fellow officer Jaius Yorub, and told him of his intention keep the Core Fleet in a position to cover the main fleet's escape, in the event that Caamas turned into an Imperial ambush.
During the Battle of Caamas, Stazi watched as his worst fears were realized—the Empire had begun an ambush of the Alliance fleet. As the battle raged, any hopes of Jedi aid were dashed when news was received that the Jedi Order had thwarted a Sith feint near Coruscant. While the Jedi's action was successful, their forces were now out of position to link up with the Alliance at Caamas. Late in the battle, Grand Admiral Morlish Veed, possessing the advantage, called on the Alliance fleet to surrender. Feeling that the situation was hopeless, Alliance Admiral Piers Petan ordered his forces to accept Veed's terms.
Refusing to surrender, Stazi instead called on any forces willing to follow his lead. Other Alliance commanders such as Admiral Nict of the Pride of Corellia, an old friend of Stazi's, responded to his call, forming up with the Indomitable and other Alliance warships. Stazi led the remnants of the Alliance fleet in a fighting withdrawal—keeping his remaining ships together and escaping using a secret hyperspace route. His performance at Caamas made him a legend among the Empire.
Opposition to the Sith Empire
- "Better to die in the blazing core of a sun than to surrender to the Imperials and their thrice-damned Sith allies!"
- ―Gar Stazi, to Admiral Nict
Following the defeat at Caamas and the surrender of the Galactic Alliance government, the remnants of the Core Fleet and other surviving Alliance units were organized by Stazi into a new resistance group, the Galactic Alliance Remnant. Much like the Rebel Navy of nearly a century and a half prior, Stazi's fleet began a campaign of hit-and-run attacks against Darth Krayt's Sith Empire. Krayt, who led a coup to take control of the Empire from Roan Fel, faced opposition from both Fel's Empire-in-exile and Stazi's Alliance forces. This conflict was referred to by Alliance personnel as the Second Rebellion.
In addition to numerous battle cruisers and escort vessels, Stazi's fleet also included one of the galaxy's most elite starfighter units—Rogue Squadron. Led by Weequay Commander Jhoram Bey, the Rogues flew the Alliance's CF9 Crossfire starfighters. Beyond the standard duties associated with fighter pilots, some Rogues, such as Monia Gahan, were periodically assigned to supply runs.
The Mon Calamari, longtime supporters of the GA and its Rebel Alliance and New Republic predecessors, supplied Stazi with spare parts, supplies, bacta, and new recruits. This helped to keep Stazi's fleet combat-ready, though supplies were increasingly hard to come by, due to similar actions undertaken by Roan Fel's Loyalist forces. Like Stazi, Fel also had need for military supplies as he gathered forces loyal to him at Bastion.
Meeting on the Wheel
- "It's a pleasure to meet you, Admiral Stazi. You're a legend among us, you know."
- ―Captain Mingo Bovark
Over time, the Sith continued to tighten their grip on the galaxy. Already engaged in his own actions against the Sith, Emperor-in-exile Fel decided to approach Stazi with the offer of an alliance. Fel dispatched an Imperial fast frigate under Captain Mingo Bovark to meet with the Duros admiral. Stazi chose to directly represent the Alliance Remnant during a meeting held on the space station known as the Wheel. Arriving at the Wheel aboard a shuttle, Stazi's only companions were three Galactic Alliance Intelligence officers, unarmed due to restrictions set in place by the Wheel's administrator, Pol Temm.
As the meeting commenced, Stazi expressed his reluctance to join Fel's Loyalist forces, expressing his opinion that Fel had little to offer the remnants of the Galactic Alliance fleet. Furthermore, Stazi pointed out that both the Alliance Remnant and Fel's forces were often competing for the same scarce resources. However, the revelation that Fel had captured Bastion convinced the admiral that discussions of an alliance were valuable. Once allied with Fel, Bastion would provide something that the Alliance did not have: a safe world from which to launch strikes at Krayt's empire. As such, both Bovark and Stazi commenced negotiations.
Meanwhile, Sith assassin Jor Torlin had been dispatched to the Wheel by Darth Maladi in an effort to find Cade Skywalker, the last known surviving Skywalker and son of Jedi Master Kol Skywalker. Unknown to the Sith, Director of Imperial Intelligence Nyna Calixte, under the guise of her alter ego, Morrigan Corde, also had a vested interest in finding Skywalker, as the man was actually her son. It was while searching for Skywalker on the Wheel that Calixte discovered the meeting between Stazi and Bovark. After saving Torlin from a gang of criminals, Calixte convinced the Sith agent to work with her to sabotage the conference, arguing that it was their duty to prevent an alliance between Stazi and Fel's forces for the good of the Empire.
Their plan involved using advanced technology known as the Command Override Limpet Droid. The C.O.L.D.s would attach themselves to a vehicle's hull, hack into the onboard computer, and order it to open fire. After attaching to Bovark's Nune-class Imperial shuttle, the C.O.L.D.s caused the vessel to open fire on Stazi's Alliance shuttle. Warned of the attack over his personal comm unit, Stazi assumed the entire conference had been an elaborate Imperial ruse. His experiences at Caamas and subsequent years-on-the-run had ingrained deep Imperial suspicion within his heart. Revealing a vibro-shiv he had managed to hide in his sleeve, Stazi thrust his blade at Bovark. However, the timely arrival of Bovark's bodyguard, Imperial Knight Antares Draco, prevented Stazi from seriously harming Fel's ambassador. Arriving on the scene with guards of his own, station administrator Pol Temm instructed Bovark to leave the Wheel, forbidding him or any other of Fel's forces to ever return. Stazi was allowed to return to his shuttle and depart the station.
Battle of Mon Calamari
- "Only one choice is left to you now—surrender or be destroyed. Which will it be, Stazi?"
- ―Admiral Dru Valan
Sometime after the meeting on the Wheel, Stazi learned of the Imperious, a new advanced class of Star Destroyer. Under construction at the Mon Calamari Shipyards, the warship was larger and more powerful than the Empire's Pellaeon-class Star Destroyer. Always in need of additional forces to carry on his opposition, Stazi planned to capture the Star Destroyer and add it to his fleet. Rogue Squadron pilot Monia Gahan provided intelligence on the Imperious, courtesy of her uncle, former Triumvir and longtime friend of Stazi, Gial Gahan. Gahan had been supplying the Alliance with matériel ever since the end of the Sith-Imperial War. His plan was to access the central computer of the shipyard's defensive systems and shut them down, moments before Stazi's fleet appeared. This would allow Alliance commandos to board the Imperious, disable its skeleton crew, and flee the system before any Imperial forces could arrive. Knowing that the capture of an advanced warship was a good way of keeping the Alliance a threat in the eyes of the Empire, the Admiral put the operation into motion.
However, Imperial Admiral Dru Valan of the Outer Rim Third Fleet was waiting for him. Valan, the Imperial commander that failed to prevent Stazi's forces from escaping the debacle at Caamas, had spent the years since working to defeat Stazi. Expecting that Stazi would try to capture the Imperious, Imperial stormtroopers were ready for both Gahan's sabotage attempt and the Alliance commandos. With both fronts of Stazi's plan foiled, it appeared to Valan that Stazi and his fleet were trapped between the defensive systems on Mon Calamari and the Imperial fleet. Valan offered Stazi's fleet a chance to surrender. Echoing his decision seven years prior, Stazi refused to accept the offer.
Despite the appearance of an Imperial advantage, it was the Alliance who, in turn, trapped the Empire. Forming his fleet around the Indomitable, Stazi ordered all Alliance forces to open fire on Valan's fleet. Despite the sudden onslaught, Valan was confident that the orbital weapons batteries on the Mon Cal shipyards would make short work of Stazi's fleet. Unbeknownst to him, however, the Alliance had a back up plan. With Gial Gahan acting as the diversion, Monia Gahan hacked into the shipyard's central computer and ordered the weapons to target the Imperial fleet. The major batteries on the shipyard inflicted heavy damage to Valan's fleet, including severe damage to the frigates Ironstar and Verpine.
Meanwhile, on the bridge of the Imperious, it became apparent that it was the Alliance that had tricked the Imperials. Disguised as stormtroopers and Imperial officers, Alliance commandos led by ex-stormtrooper Hondo Karr took control of the Advanced Star Destroyer. As Karr's crew piloted the Imperious out of the docks, Stazi ordered them to fall back to the secret rendezvous point and link up with the other Alliance warships already waiting there. Angered by the audacity shown by Stazi, Valan ordered all of his forces to converge on the Indomitable. As the Alliance capital ships fell back behind the shipyard defense systems, Rogue Squadron intercepted and destroyed several Predator-class starfighters. The Rogues' crucial cover kept swarms of Imperial fighters from making attack runs on the Alliance's larger vessels.
- Stazi: "You struck a superior officer, Jhoram Bey."
- Bey: "For the good of the service, Admiral. And under the implied orders of Captain Yorub."
- Stazi: "Still, such an act cannot be permitted without consequence. I'm appointing you to Captain Yorub's position as my second. Teach you not to hit an admiral."
- ―Gar Stazi and Jhoram Bey, after the Battle of Mon Calamari[src]
With his primary objective of capturing the Imperious achieved, Stazi turned to covering the escape of his fleet. Knowing that Valan would ignore other Alliance warships and target him, Stazi and the Indomitable stood firm, taking withering fire from the Imperial fleet. One powerful blast struck the bridge, wounding Captain Jaius Yorub and crippling the ship. Over the comm, Valan gave Stazi one last chance to surrender. Instead, Stazi informed Valan of his intention to disable the Mon Cal shipyards, strategically depriving the Empire of their shipbuilding capacity.
As the Rogues covered the escape of the last remaining Alliance capital ships, Rogue Leader Jhoram Bey decided to return to the admiral's flagship and attempt a rescue. Making his way to the bridge, Bey discovered Stazi. Stazi explained to Bey that it was his duty to remain behind and crash the Indomitable into the shipyards, and the admiral ordered him to escape with Yorub instead. Still lying wounded on the bridge, Yorub begged Stazi to escape, saying that the admiral was more than a typical officer—he was a living symbol for the Alliance. The Duros refused to budge, however, arguing that his life was no more important than any other Alliance officer. Taking matters into his own hands, Bey knocked Stazi unconscious at Yorub's behest. Relieved that Stazi would now be taken off the Indomitable, Yorub ordered Bey to take the admiral back to his fighter and flee the ship. Following orders, Bey escaped with Stazi.
While an unconscious Stazi traveled to the rendezvous point, Yorub sacrificed himself by slamming the Indomitable into the shipyards. Despite the loss of the Indomitable and several fighters, the battle was a major Alliance victory. The Alliance was further aided by the incompetence shown by Valan, who chose to concentrate his efforts on destroying the Indomitable instead of attacking the rest of the Alliance fleet. Realizing his obsession with Stazi cost the Empire the battle, Valan considered suicide his only option. Later, at the rendezvous point, Stazi confronted Bey on his actions during the battle, but instead of punishing him, he promoted him to his second-in-command. Stazi also warned his crew that their actions would undoubtedly lead to an Imperial reprisal. However, determined to keep the cause of the Galactic Alliance alive, he ordered his crews to ready the fleet for further battle. Stazi told them that only when the fleet was ready, would there be time to mourn those lost.
Tragedy and new hope
- "They will be looking for a banner under which they can unite against Krayt and his rule. And it is for those like us, like Fel, like the Jedi who survived, to provide one."
- ―Gar Stazi, upon announcing his plan to help unify the galaxy against the Sith
Three days following his victory at Mon Calamari, Stazi, along with beings across the galaxy, witnessed an atrocity live over the HoloNet. Angered by the recent capture of the Imperious, Krayt left Coruscant, bound for Mon Calamari. Transmitting from the Mon Calamari capital of New Coral City, Darth Krayt broadcast a message: one-tenth of all Mon Calamari would be executed and the rest placed in forced labor camps. After issuing this proclamation, stormtroopers and Sith Lords led by Darth Azard slaughtered the assembled members of the Mon Calamari Council, both Calamari and Quarren.
Upon seeing the broadcast, former Rogue Leader Jhoram Bey wanted the Alliance fleet to head back to Mon Calamari to aid its citizens. However, knowing that such an attack would be futile, Stazi overruled him. Unknown to Stazi, factors were already in play to help both the Alliance and the Mon Calamari. Several Alliance pilots who had been imprisoned on Dac following the battle arrived aboard his new Star Destroyer, accompanied by the Imperial Knight Sigel Dare. Dare and fellow Knight Treis Sinde had sabotaged the Imperious prior to Stazi's capture of it, and during the massacre of New Coral City, they had rescued the Alliance pilots in an effort to reach Stazi and warn him of the explosives they had planted. The bombs were disarmed, and Monia Gahan broke up a tense moment between Stazi and Dare by pointing out the need to work together. Stazi realized that the Sith were the greatest threat to the safety of the galaxy. Putting aside his own prejudices, Stazi instructed Dare to contact Roan Fel and inform him of his willingness to work together against their common enemy. With his fleet secure, Stazi announced that the Imperious would be his new flagship, and he renamed the vessel Alliance.
Joint operation to Ralltiir
- "I am Admiral Gar Stazi, last Admiral of the Galactic Alliance! I do not, have not and will never take an order from any Imperial"
- ―Admiral Stazi
In the weeks following their victory at the battle of Mon Calamari and the subsequent Genocide on Dac, the Galactic Alliance Remnant experienced increased support from the galaxy at large. While some worlds were cowed by the murder of one-tenth of the Mon Calamari population, many worlds provided covert support to the GA. Several key star systems donated warships from their planetary defense fleets to Stazi's fleet. In addition, the ranks of the Alliance were swelled by numerous Mon Calamari who were off-planet during the genocide. This combination of new ships and crews significantly increased the overall size and strength of the Alliance fleet.
Stazi held successful negotiations with Roan Fel's forces to form a coalition against the Sith. The target of their first joint operation was the planet Ralltiir, one of the galaxy's leading financial centers and former member of both the New Republic and Galactic Alliance. Due to its strategic and financial importance, the Sith Empire had deployed the Coruscant Third Fleet to defend the world. The Third Fleet was also aided by extensive anti-ship ion cannon batteries deployed on several of Ralltiir's moons. The objective of the operation was twofold. First, the loss of a key battle fleet would force the Empire to redeploy another fleet, thereby stretching their naval forces even further. Second, that efforts would be taken to capture the bulk of the Third fleet intact, with the surviving ships being equally split between the GA and Fel. Admiral Stazi decided to personally lead the GA fleet, while Roan Fel dispatched Admiral Edouard Fenel and the Bastion Second Fleet.
The battle began with Gar Stazi's fleet surprising the Coruscant Third Fleet and its commanding officer, Admiral Peto Kelsan. Stazi ordered his capital ships to target the engines and weapon systems on the Imperial warships, mindful of his secondary goal of capturing the ships intact. Rogue Squadron, now under the command of Anj Dahl following the promotion of Jhoram Bey, destroyed an ion cannon battery on Ralltiir's twelfth moon. The late arrival of Admiral Fenel and the Second Fleet was viewed poorly by Stazi. When questioned on the late arrival of the Second Fleet, Fenel attempted to goad Stazi into an argument by insinuating that the Alliance admiral's only claim to fame was retreating from battle. Stazi retorted by mentioning the fact that Fenel's main role at the battle of Caamas was to pick off crippled Alliance cruisers.
With the allied fleets now possessing the advantage in number of ships and firepower, Admiral Fenel called on the Sith Imperial forces to surrender their vessels. Surrounded on all sides by Alliance and Fel loyalist warships, Admiral Kelsan ordered his ships to stand down and avoid complete destruction at the hands of the allied forces arrayed against him. However, Captain Vaclen Tor of the frigate Steadfast broke into the comm channel and argued that they were duty bound to fight to the death or scuttle their ships. Angered by Captain Tor's call to fight, Admiral Fenel instructed Kelsan to open fire on the Steadfast. This proved to be to much for the defeated admiral, who countermanded his own order to surrender and instead instructed his ships to commence auto-destruct sequences and abandon ship.
Admiral Fenel contacted Stazi and attempted to order him to position his fleet between Ralltiir and the Third fleet and destroy any escape pods. Stazi refused, stating that the Galactic Alliance would never take orders from the Empire. Instead, Stazi ordered Rogue Squadron to cover the Steadfast and positioned his fleet between Fenel and the escape pods. Admiral Kelsan stayed behind on his flagship Avenger as his ships exploded, thanking Stazi for his efforts to save his crews. When Fenel ordered his Predator squadrons to attack the Steadfast, the GA fleet unleashed a barrage of cover fire and forced the fighters to return to Bastion Second Fleet. On the bridge of the Alliance, Stazi received a communication from Roan Fel. The admiral confronted Fel over his decision to send Fenel to the battle, stating that it was nothing more than a move to "test" Stazi's commitment to an alliance. Roan Fel responded sternly that as an emperor he was superior to Stazi in rank and authority. Determined to prove to Fel once and for all that the GA would not become vassals of his empire, Stazi held firm and countered that he was head of state of the GA until a new government could be formed. Fel seemed pleased by the response, though Stazi noted ruefully to Captain Bey that the alliance between their forces was far from being built on mutual trust and friendship.
Aiding the Mon Calamari
The major victory at Ralltiir did now slow the pace of Stazi's operations, as he relocated the Alliance Remnant fleet to the Arkanis sector in the Outer Rim Territories. The plight of the Mon Calamarian people weighed heavily on Stazi, as the Sith genocide on Dac was still underway. Stazi learned that large numbers of Mon Cal refugees had secretly fled to Da Soocha, in the Cyax system of Hutt Space, as they had over a 130 years prior to during the World Devastator attacks on Dac. Alliance Intelligence had learned that the Sith had not yet attacked the system, which Stazi felt was intentional so that Imperial forces track the escaped refugees back to the Alliance fleet. Azzim Anjiliac Atirue, a Hutt ally of the GA, owned a high end spa on one of Da Soocha's moons, Napdu. Disgusted by the Sith genocide and sympathetic to the Alliance, Azzim allowed many Mon Cal refugees to secretly hide in Napdu's oceans. Stazi's second in command, Captain Jhoram Bey, dispatched Rogue Squadron to Napdu to assist the Mon Cal refugees to escape back to the safety of the Alliance fleet. The plan was to utilize YZ 3000 tankers to rescue the Mon Cals, under the cover that the tankers were carrying water for high end clients. The mission saw Hondo Karr depart Rogue Squadron and the Alliance to settle some old scores with the Mandalorians.
- "If Admiral Stazi is dead, we have lost!"
- ―Captain Jhoram Bey
Following the successful rescue of Mon Cal refugees from Napdu, Gar Stazi's fleet continued its operations in the Arkanis sector. It was here that Stazi had his first encounter with the survivors of the New Jedi Order since the end of the Sith-Imperial War. Four Jedi, Te Corso, Sayar Dun'La, Asaak Dan and Drok, traveled to the Alliance onboard a quartet of X-83 TwinTail starfighters. The Jedi, with the blessing of the surviving Jedi Council members at the Hidden Temple, informed Stazi on their hope to ally with the Alliance against the Sith Empire. In addition, Stazi learned of Cade Skywalker's involvement in the assassination. An impressed Stazi expressed his hope to one day meet the former Jedi. Master Sigel Dare, who was also present at the arrival of the Jedi, requested a shuttle to help her travel to Dac to retrieve her Master Treis Sinde, whose presence at Bastion had been requested by Emperor Fel. Master Dan offered to accompanied to her, which she refused. However, Stazi pointed out that the shuttle belonged to him, therefore if she wanted it, she'd have to allow the Jedi Master to join her. Reluctantly, Dare agreed and left for Dac accompanied by the Togruta Jedi Master.
While on engaged in talks with the Jedi, the Alliance fleet was ambushed by the First Coruscant Task Force, under the command of Admiral Krion Grail. As First Coruscant Task Force moved forward and engaged the Alliance fleet, a member of Stazi's crew, the Mon Calamari Shipman Tealart, shot Stazi in the back with his blaster pistol. A gravely wounded Stazi was taken to the Alliance's sick bay, attended by Jedi Saylar Dun'la. Captain Bey and Lieutenant Ona Antilles ordered all fighters to launch in an effort to by time for the escape of the fleet. Squadrons of CF9 Crossfires were aided by Masters Corso and Drok, who led Alliance fighters from their TwinTails. Initiating well practiced escape protocols, the Alliance and the fleet's Scythe-class battle cruisers moved to cover the escape of the smaller warships and escorts. Once all smaller ships were away, the Alliance and its accompanying battle cruisers and fighters jumped to the rendezvous point. Emerging at the rendezvous, the Alliance fleet was once again ambushed by Admiral Grail's First Task Force. Unable to figure out how the Imperial continued to track the fleet, Jhoram Bey ordered the fleet to jump again to another rendezvous point.
Clinging to life in sickbay, Stazi refused to go into a bacta tank before he had a chance to speak with Bey. Incredibly weak and near death, Stazi informed his second in command that the Imperials were tracking fleet's comm frequency vibrations. With his confidence restored, Bey proceeded to set a trap for the Imperials. When the First Coruscant Task Force emerged from hyperspace, it encountered merely one ship, the Alliance. Admiral Grail was aware that Stazi was shot, as Imperial forces had arranged for the assassination attempt by threatening the family of shipman Tealart on Dac with death if he didn't cooperate. Jhoram Bey sprung his trap. The bulk of the Alliance fleet suddenly appeared from hyperspace behind the First Task Force and unleashed a furious barrage of fire. With his shielding failing and several of his ships lost or severely damaged by the surprise attack, Grail ordered his fleet to withdraw from battle. Victorious in battle, Captain Bey ordered all Galactic Alliance comm frequency vibrations changed before proceeding to the next rendezvous point.
Fortunately for the GA Remnant, Admiral Stazi recovered from his wounds. A week following the battle, Stazi met with Tealart in the Alliance's brig. The Mon Calamarian explained that the Sith had contacted him and threatened to kill his entire family, who were on Dac. Faced with this horrendous choice, Tealart decided to save his family. Stazi told Tealart that he would contact the Mon Calamari Rangers on Dac and ask them to locate and save his family. Stazi nonetheless explained to Tealart that he would be tried and executed for treason. While he could personally forgive Tealart for attempting to take his life, Stazi explained that Tealart was still accountable for the losses of life in the GA fleet as a result of the attack. Grateful for Stazi's promise to find his family and accepting of his fate, Tealart thanked the admiral.
Evacuation of Dac
- "We cannot pick every battle we fight, General Jaeger. Win or lose, live or die- some battles must be fought."
- ―Gar Stazi, speaking to General Oron Jaeger
The major allied victory at Ralltiir and the subsequent counter-ambush of the First Coruscant Task Force by the Galactic Alliance fleet angered Darth Wyyrlok and the Moff Council on Coruscant. Determined to strike a serious blow at the anti-Sith allies, Wyyrlok bid Darth Azard and Vul Isen to execute the Final Protocol on Dac. Developed by Isen, the protocol involved the releasing of viral spores that were capable of killing all life on Dac within seven days. When Rogue Squadron discovered the effects of the virus on the planet during a reconnaissance mission, Stazi immediately moved into action. Stazi contacted his Imperial allies on Bastion to obtain their aid for a massive rescue operation. With Fel out of contact and engaged at Agamar, it fell to General Oron Jaeger to respond to the admiral's request. Despite his being sympathetic to the Mon Calamari and their plight, General Jaeger informed Stazi that he was unable to commit the Fel's loyalist fleet without a direct order from the emperor himself. In addition, Jaeger expressed his concern that the whole event was designed as a trap to catch the allied forces. Undeterred, and despite the lack of aid from Fel's forces, Stazi was determined to act. Still onboard the Alliance following the ambush in the Arkanis sector, Jedi Master Te Corso offered the assistance of the New Jedi Order. In addition to offering the a Jedi fighter group, Master Corso informed the admiral that the Order knew of a safe world were the refugees of Dac would be safe. Encouraged, Stazi put his plan into motion.Knowing that the defenses on the Mon Calamari Shipyards were still formidable, Stazi dispatched elements of Rogue Squadron led by Ronto and Sword Squadron led by Master Drok to infiltrate the yards and disable their defenses. On the planets surface, Jedi Master Asaak Dan, Captain Tanquar and the Mon Calamari Rangers engaged Imperial stormtroopers on Heurkea, securing the cities docks to serve as the base of operations for the evacuation.
With the shipyard defenses disabled and Heurkea secured, Stazi and the Galactic Alliance fleet emerged from hyperspace. The Alliance, backed up by multiple Scythe-class battle cruisers, captured Pellaeon-class Star Destroyers, and numerous frigates, engaged a token Sith force of five Star Destroyers. Outnumbered and overwhelmed by superior firepower, the surviving Sith warships retreated. With the space around Dac cleared, Stazi signaled the Emergency evac fleet. The genocide of the Mon Calamari and Wyyrlok's final protocol had angered citizens from across the galaxy. A fleet of private starships, ranging from old Mon Cal cruisers to Venator-class Star Destroyers to private transports descended enmass on Dac to rescue the world's population. Settling down on and around Heurkea, the armada commenced rescue operations. Nat Skywalker, former Jedi and uncle of Cade Skywalker, was among the private citizens who arrived, as well as smugglers Chak and Kee onboard the Grinning Liar. Twelve hours into the evacuation, events had unfolded fairly smoothly. Aware that Dac was home to other sentient life forms like the Whaladons and Moappa, the Galactic Alliance fleet dispatched YZ 3000 tankers to rescue as many as possible to guarantee the survival of those species. A delegation of Quarren, angered that Whaladons and Moappa were being rescued, demanded that their species take precedence. Angered by their demands and unsympathetic to the Quarren due to their collaboration with the Sith, Stazi refused. Still, despite his anger, Stazi allowed one out of every tenth ship to focus on rescuing those Quarren who remained.
With the Galactic Alliance fleet engaged in rescue operation, the Sith Imperials sprung their trap. The Outer Rim Third Fleet, under the command of Admiral Krion Grail and supervised by Moff Geist and Sith Fist Darth Stryfe, dropped out of hyperspace behind the Alliance fleet. Possessing a larger fleet and the element of surprise, the Sith expected a quick victory. Stazi anticipating this, countered with a trap of his own. Several old warships, including MC80 cruisers, CR90 corvettes, and a Venator-class Star Destroyer, moved forward to engage the Sith. Detecting that the warships had no life signs, Admiral Grail assumed that they were droid bombs. On Geist's command, the Third Fleet opened fire with all batteries to destroy the oncoming craft. The destruction of the ships was exactly what Stazi wanted. Each was loaded with powerful ion bombs, which proceeded to disable the Third Fleet's sensors and other critical systems. Knowing that the effects of the attack would not last for long, Stazi ordered all Galactic Alliance capital ships to surge through the Imperial lines in a variation of the Ackbar Slash. Five of Third Fleet's Star Destroyers were destroyed or disabled, though the flagship Relentless survived due to the quick action of Admiral Grail. Undeterred, Darth Stryfe ordered the Third Fleet to open fire on the first wave of evacuation ships heading for hyperspace. As Stryfe predicted, Stazi placed the Alliance between the Imperial fleet and the refugee ships. While the Alliance absorbed withering fire from Stryfe's Star Destroyers, Rogue Leader Anj Dahl orders all GA fighter squadrons to cover the refugee ships and engage the Predators that were attempting to strafe them.
On the bridge of the Alliance, Captain Jhoram Bey informed Stazi that the ship's shields were failing. The Duros Admiral refused to withdraw until all the ships of the evacuation fleet were safely away. Suddenly, a fleet of Fel loyalist Star Destroyers under the command of General Jaeger emerged from hyperspace directly behind the Sith fleet. Jaeger had decided to take a portion of Bastion's fleet and position it a short hyperspace jump away from Dac. Jaeger's gamble paid off, as Roan Fel, who himself was escaping the Sith-Imperial trap on Agamar, ordered Jaeger's fleet to engage. Caught between Stazi's battle cruisers and Jaeger's Star Destroyers, the Third Fleet sustained heavy losses. Moff Geist, realizing that the battle was hopeless, implored Stryfe to withdraw, noting that his former master Darth Krayt would not foolishly risk the loss of the entire Third Fleet. Stryfe conceded and ordered the remaining ships of the fleet to withdraw from Dac.
With the Sith Imperial fleet defeated, Stazi and Jaeger continued with the evacuation of Dac. Twelve hours after the battle, the last of the refugee ships was loaded and prepared to depart to the secret safe world the Jedi provided. Down on Heurkea, Captain Tanquar refused to leave his people, noting that to many were unable to escape. Asaak Dan was sympathetic, but reminded Tanquar that he was now one of the Mon Calamari's recognized leaders. Together, the two boarded the last shuttle in the city and returned to the orbiting fleet. On the bridge of the Alliance, Jhoram Bey informed Stazi that nearly 20% of Dac's population had been rescued. While numbering in the billions, it was only a small percentage of the world's total population of 27 billion.
Based on Utapau
- "Back to business. Oh, and just because you may have saved my life, don't expect me to sweeten the deal, my dear."
- ―Gar Stazi to Deliah Blue
A few days after the evacuation of Dac, part of the Gar Stazi's fleet arrived at Utapau. Telan Medon, administrator of Pau City and ally of the Galactic Alliance, offered to care for and treat casualties suffered during the evacuation. During the nearly eight years that had passed since the surrender of the Galactic Alliance at Caamas, Utapau had served as a place of respite for Stazi's forces. Unknown to Stazi, Vul Isen, the Sith scientist responsible for the massacre of Dac, and Sith Lord Darth Azard were plotting to kill him and destroy his resistance by releasing the sames toxins that were used on Dac and Da Soocha.
While on Utapau, Stazi was contacted by Jariah Syn and Deliah Blue who wanted to sell him weapons. Stazi's aide, Lieutenant Ona Antilles, expressed the Admiral's interest to meet Cade Skywalker. Ever since Jedi Te Corso had informed that admiral that Skywalker had been responsible for the death of Darth Krayt, Stazi had wanted to meet the young man. However, unknown to Stazi or his aides, Cade and Jedi Wolf Sazen were on Utapau hunting Isen and Azard. Due to intelligence provided by Hutt crime lord Vedo Anjiliac Atirue, Cade knew that the Sith were planning to release the toxins on Uatapau to kill Stazi and the world's entire population. Cade feared that if Stazi was warned of the assassination plot that he would immediately leave the planet, tipping off Isen and causing the Sith scientist to once again flee. To Cade, nothing and no one was more important that capturing Isen and destroying his toxins. Wolf Sazen disagreed, noting that it was far more important to protect Stazi and the people of Utapau. After reminding Cade of Stazi's importance to the galaxy's efforts to unite and defeat the Sith, Cade ordered Syn and Blue to stick close to the admiral, in hopes of foiling any assassination attempt.
Vul Isen's assassin tried to kill him but Stazi was saved by Jariah Syn and Deliah Blue. Stazi was grateful in their help for saving his life and that of his staff, but told them that he did not intend on softening the deal. Isen and Azard were killed a short time after by Cade Skywalker and Wolf Sazen.
- "Not unless you got a line on Krayt and a way to get at him. That's what I'm after."
"Why? are you planning on killing him all by yourself?."
"I believe you will try."
- ―Cade Skywalker and Gar Stazi
The return of Darth Krayt to the Imperial throne brought the ongoing galactic war to a new level. After killing the traitorous Darth Wyyrlok, Krayt, who was now freed of the Yuuzhan Vong implants that had long plagued him, reasserted his control over the One Sith and the Empire. While in the past Krayt had hoped to unite the galaxy under the rule of the One Sith through existing structures and government, the Sith Emperor now favored remaking the galaxy in his image, through total war. Chief among his targets was Admiral Stazi and the Galactic Alliance Remnant.
Wyyrlok's poisoning of Dac had a similar effect as Krayt's initial order of genocide. Ships and volunteers flocked to the banners of the Galactic Alliance, as well as Stazi's ally the Empire-in-exile on Bastion. The galaxy itself was becoming more resistant to Krayt's Sith Empire as well. Following the devastation of Da Soocha, the Hutts were in all but open rebellion to the Sith's rule, offering rewards for evidence of destruction wrought on Sith targets and leaders. Neutral powers like the guardians of Kiffu and Kiffex declared their neutrality and refused Imperial requests to establish a base in their territory. Even cilent states like the Chiss and Hapans refused Imperial requests to open liaisons. Undeterred, Krayt unleashed a new campaign against worlds opposing his rule in an effort to cow resistance.
Mission to Falleen
After learning that the Sith had dispatched the Star Destroyer Darklight to Falleen to bombard the planets inhabitants into submission, Admiral Stazi dispatched the ace pilots of Rogue Squadron to aid Cade Skywalker's crew in taking down the vessel. With the Rogues flying cover, the Mynock dropped Cade and Jedi Master Wolf Sazen off on the Darklight, where the duo proceeded to destroy the vessel by starting a chain reaction in the reactor core. The pair barely escaped the exploding Sith battle cruiser in a pair of captured Predator-class starfighters before the vessel exploded and crashed into the planet's surface. Victorious, the Mynock and Rogue Squadron headed back to the Galactic Alliance fleet. After docking in the hangar of Stazi's flagship Alliance, Cade Skywalker was informed by Lieutenant Ona Antilles that Stazi wanted to meet Cade immediately and that Vedo Anjiliac Atirue was waiting via holotransmission. Vedo, who like other Hutts were offering bounties for dead Sith, was reluctant to believe that Cade managed to destroy a Star Destroyer. However, Stazi immediately vouched for Cade, noting that his pilots would personally vouch for Cade's actions. Amused and impressed, Vedo agreed to pay Cade the bounty. Stazi was impressed by the young Skywalker, who he had wanted to meet ever since he learned that Cade had initially been involved in the first attempt to kill Krayt. Stazi tried to convince Cade to work with the anti-Sith allies, but Cade refused, stating that he and he alone would kill Krayt. For the time being, Cade would go it alone.
Defense of the Hidden Temple
While later aboard The Wheel space station, Cade discovered Imperial Knight Antares Draco, who was frozen in carbonite. The Sith had managed to break Antares's will and learn the location of the Jedi's Hidden Temple on Taivas. When Cade arrived on Taivas, the Jedi Council convened a holoconference with Admiral Stazi and Roan Fel. Both leaders urged the Jedi to evacuate Taivas immediately, but Cade convinced the assembled leaders of the anti-Sith alliance to set a trap for Sith Imperial forces at Taivas. Cade was supported by his uncle Nat Skywalker, who had returned to the Jedi Order. Nat explained that the magnetic properties of the rock that composed Taivas made orbital targeting ineffective, so the Sith would be forces to assault the temple on the ground. When the Sith fleet arrived, the Stazi's fleet and Roan Fel's forces would be able to trap them between the planet and space and secure a major victory. Despite the obvious risks, the Council approved Cade's plan.
Back on Coruscant, Darth Krayt ordered a Grand Admiral Veed to combine the fleets and head for Taivas. The assault fleet arrived over Taivas and commenced orbital bombardment, which was rendered ineffective as the allies had hoped. Several Imperial walkers and legions of stormtroopers marched on the Hidden Temple. With Sith naval and ground forces fully committed, Nat Skywalker transmitted a signal to Stazi and Fel. Moments later, a massive allied fleet emerged from hyperspace over Taivas. Under the joint command of Admiral Stazi and Treis Sinde, the Galactic Alliance's battle cruisers and Fel's Star Destroyers Unleashed a furious barrage of fire on rear of the Sith Imperial fleet. Several of Veed's Star Destroyers were severely damaged or destroyed as the allied warships pressed their attack. The battle seemingly turned into the allies favor.
Unknown to the Jedi, Galactic Alliance, and Fel Loyalist forces fighting to defend the Hidden Temple, Darth Krayt had actually led them into a trap. Krayt had known that the arrival of the Imperial Navy under Veed would draw his enemies together at one place. In secret, Krayt had been building a secret army of Sith troopers. These warriors were completely obedient to Krayt's will. These troopers were supported by massive Dragon warships and lethal Annihilator-class starfighters tore into the allied fleets. The Alliance battle cruiser Starrunner was torn to pieces by the Sith onslaught. The battle continued to rage, even reaching the chambers of the Jedi Council. With the Jedi younglings safely stowed away on a transport piloted by Masters K'Kruhk and Tili Qua, the various starships that composed the Hidden Temple began to ignite their engines. No longer a stationary structure, the various starships began to rise out of the water. Old MC80 Star Cruisers, transports, and other various craft streaked toward space, escorted by various allied starfighters and Jedi X-83 TwinTail starfighters.
When Nat and T'ra Saa fell in battle, both Jedi focused their energy skyward in a massive beam of power. The energy they released pushed the Sith fleet away from the planet. Seeing the opening in the lines, Admiral Stazi transmitted escape vectors to the allied fleets and ordered them to fall back to Bastion. Cade, who was picked up by the Mynock and managed to defeat and capture a Sith trooper for study, escaped Taivas with the fleet, but was badly shaken by the events of the day.
Final Showdown at Coruscant
- "My Jedi brothers, Admiral Stazi, and members of the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances—we have all suffered great losses, but we cannot wait for the inevitable attack on Bastion! The time to attack Coruscant is now!"
- ―Emperor Roan Fel
The inconclusive battle over Taivas forced the combined allied fleets to retreat to Bastion. Considered one of the most heavily fortified planets in the galaxy, Bastion was now the last safe refuge for the anti-Sith allies. With the Alliance and the remainder of the Galactic Alliance fleet safely in orbit with Fel's naval forces and the Jedi starships from the Hidden Temple, Stazi went planetside to few an autopsy of the Sith trooper Cade Skywalker had captured during the escape from Taivas. While the trooper eventually died of wounds sustained in battle, the allies learned that Krayt possessed millions of these new warriors. In addition, Fel's scientists determined that the Sith troopers were capable of hardwiring themselves into their fighters, making these warrior incredibly deadly and in tune with their craft. Unknown to Stazi, Hogrum Chalk, Fel's intelligence head, discussed the possibility of using a Sith bioweapon developed in secret by Darth Maladi. Fel had been hesitant to use this weapon in the past, as he feared it would make his Empire no better than the first Galactic Empire under Palpatine. However, in the face of imminent defeat, Fel decided he would consider using the weapon as a last resort. Realizing that Krayt's forces would only grow stronger, Roan Fel convinced Stazi and the Jedi Council that they must strike at the heart of Krayt's power—Coruscant. A plan was developed where Morrigan Corde would lead a strike team composed of Cade, Jedi Master Rasi Tuum, Shado Vao, Wolf Sazen, and several Imperial Knights to sabotage the central computers on Coruscant that operated the planet's orbital defenses. Once the orbital defenses were disabled, the entire allied armada would jump into the Coruscant system and commence attack on the planet. During a pre-battle consultation, it was agreed that the senior Jedi, including Jedi Master K'Kruhk, would form a battle meditation and have overall command of the battle. Tactical command of the allied fleets would fall to both Admiral Stazi and Moff Yage. With all allies in agreement, the fleet departed for Coruscant.
After secretly entering Coruscant's defense control center, Corde and Cade's strike team managed to disable the world's orbital defenses. Second later, the entire allied fleet emerged from hyperspace, centered around Stazi and the Alliance. Backed up by the fleet's Galactic Alliance battle cruisers, Loyalist Star Destroyers, and numerous escorts and starfighters, the allied fleet settled into orbit and engaged the Imperial Starfleet. Galactic Alliance and Fel Loyalist starfighters engaged the Sith Annihilator fighters, while Rogue Squadron and Skull Squadron headed planetside to take out defensive gun batteries.
High above Coruscant, the naval battle continued to rage. Roan Fel decided to accept Darth Maladi's secret weapon, being assured by Maladi that the weapon could wipe out life on an entire world in a matter of breaths. As the fighting grew more desperate and intense, allied and Sith capital ships engaged each other in the skies above Imperial City. Admiral Stazi brought the Alliance into a furious close range battle with one of the Sith Dragon warships. Allied troops struggled to hold the line against Imperial forces loyal to Darth Krayt. On the bridge of the Alliance, Captain Jhoram Bey requested permission to call a retreat. Stazi refused, noting that the allied push on Coruscant was an all or nothing affair. Unknown to Stazi, Antares Draco sensed that Fel was on the edge of falling to the Dark Side of the Force, and engaged his emperor in a fierce lightsaber duel. On the planet below, Cade Skywalker was engaged in a duel of his own, facing Darth Krayt. Finally embracing that he was a Jedi, Cade killed Krayt. Meanwhile, Draco fulfilled his ultimate duty as an Imperial Knight—to kill his emperor should he fall to the Dark Side. With Krayt dead, his surviving Sith Troopers went mad. Those piloting Annihilator fighters crashed their vessels on suicide runs. With the battle turned now in the allies favor, Darth Nihl ordered the surviving Sith ships to retreat to a predetermined set of coordinates. Despite heavy losses, the combined forces of the Galactic Alliance Remnant, Fel Imperials, and New Jedi Order defeated the Sith and reclaimed the galaxy from their control. Stazi became one of the three new Triumvirs of the Galactic Federation Triumvirate alongside Marasiah Fel and Jedi Master K'Kruhk. He attended Roan Fel's funeral along with his fellow Triumvirs.
- "I'd rather put my trust in a strong fleet than perceived strength and promises."
- ―Gar Stazi
Serving alongside the young Empress Marasiah Fel and Master K'Kruhk, Stazi was privy to Fel's plans to build a galaxy-spanning system of communications arrays. He was involved in a holoconference with Imperial Knight Yalta Val, who was going to the Carreras system to oversee the construction of the array in that system. There was some tension between Stazi and Fel in regards to the array, highlighting differences in their style of governing: Fel believed that they were essential to bringing the galaxy together, whereas Stazi viewed them as "window dressing". Stazi was more in favor of a strong military. Following the Carreras Incident, Stazi was present at a Triumvirate meeting consisting of Empress Fel, Master K'Kruhk, and Antares Draco. They received a report from the Carreras system's Governor Biala, who reported that a young woman named Ania Solo had been involved in the destruction of the Carreras G51 communications array.
At a later meeting, the Triumvirate discussed the new threat posed by the rogue Sith Darth Wredd, who was proceeding to hunt down One Sith infiltrators throughout the galaxy. Wredd had already murdered a Snivvian Sith on Cadomai Prime and a Sith infiltrator at the Triumvirate's Legation on Ceitia Five. During the meeting, Stazi along with Master K'Kruhk successfully proposed to Empress Fel that they leave Darth Wredd alone and allow him to kill the One Sith for them. Despite Draco's objections that Wredd had publicly threatened the Triumvirate, destroyed the Carreras communications array, and tried to kill Master Val, Empress Fel concurred with Stazi's proposal. Later, Ania Solo and the young Imperial Knight Jao Assam left on a quest to hunt down Darth Wredd after receiving a Force vision that the rogue Sith intended to kill Empress Fel. Their quest led them to the lawless Calamari system where they discovered that another rogue Sith, Darth Luft, was enslaving Mon Calamari and Quarren refugees and forcing them to building a pirate fleet. Jao sent a distress signal to Master Val.
After receiving Jao Assam's distress transmission, Master Val interrupted a Triumvirate meeting to inform them of the Sith presence and the enslavement of Mon Cal and Quarren refugees in the Calamari system. Empress Marasiah Fel responded by dismissing Jao as an untrustworthy source, pointing out that he had deserted the Imperial Knights by embarking on a quest to hunt down Darth Wredd. Stazi was not surprised by the news and regarded the plight of Dac's refugees as a shameful act. For Stazi, to allow the entire Calamari system to descend into a state of lawlessness was unacceptable. Fel tried to argue that the Triumvirate lacked the sufficient resources to deal with the Sith threat and refused to send a task force to deal with the pirates, citing that the government had more pressing issues to attend to. However, Stazi disagreed and argued that the Triumvirate had an obligation to help the Mon Cal and Quarren. When Fel responded that the Triumvirate was already helping the scattered Mon Cal and Quarren refugees, Stazi stated that if she had a real home, she would not be saying that.
Unhappy with Marasiah Fel's lack of concern for the plight of the Mon Cal and Quarren refugees, Stazi met up with Master Val and convinced him to lend his Imperial Knight cadets for a field training mission. Admiral Stazi and Master Val assembled a task force of Galactic Triumvirate warships, starfighters, Imperial Knights, and seatroopers to deal with Darth Luft and the pirates. After the Triumvirate task force exited hyperspace, Stazi ordered Green Group to draw the pirates' fire away from the Mon Calamari Shipyards to allow the tanker Trand Cappa to approach the ring. Knowing the amphibian nature of the Mon Calamari and Quarren, Stazi had loaded the Trand Cappa water with the intention of using it to flood the shipyards and to allow the slaves to gain the upper hand over their captors. While Val and Stazi knew that they were risking a lot by going against Empress Fel, they agreed that it was the right thing to do. Admiral Stazi led the space battle while Val and a force of Imperial Knights and seatroopers boarded the shipyards. Stazi's plan worked and Val's forces encountered little resistance from the pirates.
During the fighting, Jao succeeded in killing Darth Luft while Ania and her companions succeeded in saving countless Mon Calamari and Quarren dependents and elderly from being exposed to zero gravity space. The Liberation of the Ring was a popular action and Empress Fel praised Master Val and Admiral Stazi for boosting her government's popularity. A year later, Stazi met with Master Val at the Imperial Knights training facility on Coruscant to inform him that he had filed an official report on the events in the Mon Calamari Shipyards which also contained his recommendations for Dac's immediate future. When Val asked whether he would be reprimanded for insubordination, Stazi assured him that the Emperor regarded their actions on Dac as popular and wished that she had thought of it first. Stazi commented that there was a good chance of the two men being promoted but Val declined the offer, asserting that he was happier training Imperial Knight recruits. Stazi then announced that the Empress had recently embarked on a campaign to hunt down war criminals from the Second Imperial Civil War and that Val's trainees would be needed for that.
Personality and traits
- "The galaxy is more important. If I were to fall, the battle must still go on. No one being can be more important than the cause."
- ―Admiral Stazi, to his aide, Captain Jaius Yorub
Wily and determined, Admiral Gar Stazi was a successful fleet commander. He was outspoken, and would often propose unorthodox courses of action. His fighting withdrawal from the debacle at Caamas made him a legend with Imperial commanders, as well as revered by those that served under him. Stazi showed tactical and strategic prowess, demonstrating an ability not only to win battles, but to see the larger strategic picture. This was evidenced by his decision to cripple the Mon Calamari Shipyards, which deprived the Sith of a major source of capital ships, as well as a major base of operations in the Outer Rim Territories.
Seven years of fighting the Sith-controlled Empire gave Stazi little patience, as well as a distrust of Imperial motives, evidenced by his reluctance to trust Roan Fel's representative during negotiations on the Wheel. This was also echoed by Alliance personnel like Rogue Squadron commander Jhoram Bey, who warned his subordinates not to keep the admiral waiting for critical information. However, Stazi was compassionate, as evidenced by his concern for the Mon Calamari people following the Massacre of Mon Calamari.
Committed to defeating the Sith, Stazi made clear to the officers and crew serving under him that no one individual was more important than the cause—freeing the galaxy from the oppression of the Sith. Despite his reputation, Stazi refused to see himself as an icon, wanting the Galactic Alliance to go on should he be killed. Aside from his command abilities, Stazi was also a multilinguist, capable of understanding Basic, Binary, Bocce, Durese, High Galactic, and Huttese.
During the early years of the Galactic Federation Triumvirate, Gar Stazi's naval career led him to regard a strong star fleet as the best means for maintaining order and communications throughout the galaxy. He regarded Empress Marasiah Fel's ambitious G51 communications array project as "window dressing" rather than solid statecraft. Unlike Fel, he believed that a show of strength was the best way for keeping the Triumvirate together. As a military strategist, Stazi viewed the rogue Sith Darth Wredd as a useful asset against the insurgent One Sith, who had secreted themselves into key government positions in anticipation of their campaign to restore the Sith's "golden age." This assessment was shared by Empress Fel.
In addition, Stazi also had a clear moral compass, which led him to object to Empress Fel's indifference to the plight of the enslaved Mon Calamari and Quarren, who were being forced by Darth Luft and his pirates to build a fleet. His concern with "doing what was right" led him and Master Yalta Val to proceed on a successful mission to liberate these aforementioned captives. Due to these timely actions, Stazi and Val helped restore public confidence in the Galactic Triumvirate. Stazi also supported the Empress's new campaign to hunt down war criminals as a means of boosting public confidence in the government.
Behind the scenes
- "I'm not saying Stazi is a saint. He isn't. Was never meant to be. He's flawed—which makes him interesting, IMO."
- ―John Ostrander
Admiral Gar Stazi was created by John Ostrander, writer of the Star Wars Legacy comic series, for the Trust Issues story arc. Ostrander originally intended to only include Stazi in Trust Issues, using the character to explain what had happened to the remnants of the Galactic Alliance. However, due to positive fan reaction and his own enjoyment in writing the character, Ostrander decided to expand the character further and create an arc that revolved around him, Indomitable. In his first appearance, Stazi was drawn by Colin Wilson; subsequent appearances were drawn by Omar Francia and Alan Robinson. Jan Duursema has said on the Dark Horse message boards that Stazi's name is pronounced STAH-zee.
Gar Stazi was the first Galactic Alliance character specifically named in Legacy. Prior to his appearance, the only hint or mention of the Alliance in the Legacy series was a brief mention of the CF9 Crossfire starfighter and the Galactic Alliance Core Fleet. Stazi is one of only four Duros admirals developed in the Expanded Universe. The other three were also affiliated with the New Republic/Galactic Alliance: Darez Wuht, Tarla Limpan, and Kir Vantai.
- Star Wars: Legacy 0½
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 105
- "Blaster"—Star Wars Insider 106
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Legacy Era Campaign Guide
- The Essential Guide to Warfare
- "10 Great Military Leaders"—Star Wars Insider Special Edition 2013
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Legacy 9: Trust Issues, Part 1
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Legacy 21: Indomitable, Part 2
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 The Essential Guide to Warfare
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Legacy 20: Indomitable, Part 1
- ↑ Legacy 8: Allies
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Legacy 10: Trust Issues, Part 2
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Star Wars: Legacy 0½
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Legacy 22: The Wrath of the Dragon
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Legacy 36: Renegade
- ↑ Legacy 41: Rogue's End
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Legacy 42: Divided Loyalties
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Legacy 47: The Fate of Dac
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Legacy 49: Extremes, Part 2
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 Legacy—War 2
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Legacy—War 3
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Legacy—War 4
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 Legacy—War 5
- ↑ Legacy—War 6
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 Legacy 1: Prisoner of the Floating World, Part 1
- ↑ Legacy 5
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 Legacy 6
- ↑ Legacy 8
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 23.2 Legacy 9
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 24.2 Legacy 10
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 Legacy 12
- ↑ 26.0 26.1 Legacy Era Campaign Guide
- ↑ Star Wars: Legacy 0
- ↑ The New Jedi Order: Balance Point
- ↑ Legacy of the Force: Betrayal
- ↑ X-Wing: Isard's Revenge