- "Too late!"
- ―Commander Gherant's final words, during the Battle of Endor
Gherant was a Human male commander of the Imperial Navy during the height of the Galactic Civil War. By 3 ABY, Gherant had been hand-picked by then-Captain Firmus Piett to an assignment aboard Darth Vader's personal flagship, the Star Dreadnought Executor, where he was responsible for overseeing authorized access of the Super Star Destroyer's sensitive areas. During the Battle of Endor in 4 ABY, Gherant served aboard the Executor's bridge, under the command of the since-promoted Admiral Piett, as the fleet commander of the giant Imperial armada assembled to protect the unfinished second Death Star from Rebel Alliance attack. Gherant died during the battle along with Piett when a wayward Rebel RZ-1 A-wing interceptor crashed into the Executor's bridge tower, destroying the Super Star Destroyer shortly thereafter.
- "We're not going to attack?"
"I have my orders from the Emperor himself. He has something special planned for them. We only need to keep them from escaping."
- ―Commander Gherant and Admiral Firmus Piett, regarding the Executor's role during the Battle of Endor
Gherant was a commander of the Imperial Navy during the Galactic Civil War, serving aboard Darth Vader's personal flagship, the Super Star Destroyer Executor, by early 3 ABY. Prior to the Battle of Hoth, then-Captain Firmus Piett personally selected Gherant as a deck officer to Vader's command ship. Gherant was responsible for preventing unauthorized access to sensitive areas of the Executor.
Gherant's service aboard the Executor continued into 4 ABY, while Piett himself ascended to the rank of admiral in charge of Vader's flagship. During the Battle of Endor of that year, Gherant served aboard the Executor's bridge alongside Piett as the fleet commander in charge of the massive Imperial Star Destroyer armada assembled in the Endor system to both protect the incomplete second Death Star and to ambush the imminently-arriving Alliance Fleet, which had come to destroy the battlestation.
As the Imperial Fleet under Piett's command reached attack position at the beginning of the battle, Gherant was left flabbergasted by Piett's order for the Executor to refrain from engaging the Alliance Fleet. Piett explained that his orders came down from the highest authority—Emperor Palpatine himself had instructed the Executor and the remainder of the Imperial Fleet to simply hold the Rebel capital ships at bay to give the Death Star's secretly operational superlaser the opportunity pick them off one by one.
Gherant and Piett both died at the apex of the battle when the wayward A-wing starfighter of Rebel pilot Arvel Crynyd crashed into the Executor's unprotected command tower after the Super Star Destroyer's main bridge deflector shields had been knocked out. Although Gherant had seen the starfighter barreling out of control toward the bridge, there was little he could do to escape. With primary bridge control lost, the Executor plummeted into the Death Star's gravity well, obliterating upon impact.
Personality and traitsEdit
During the Battle of Endor, the Human Gherant, like most involved in the fighting, was unaware of the second Death Star's secretly operational status and was therefore initially surprised to learn that the Executor would not enter the fray after reaching attack position. Gherant had brown hair, blue eyes, and light skin.
Behind the scenesEdit
Gherant first appeared in the 1983 novelization of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, just prior to the film's theatrical release. In the film Gherant appears in two scenes aboard the Super Star Destroyer Executor's bridge as a subordinate to Admiral Firmus Piett. Actor Pip Miller portrayed the Gherant character in the film and is credited as "Stardestroyer Captain #1."
The character was first identified by name and provided a short backstory on the "Commander Gherant" card as part of the April 1997 Dagobah Limited expansion set of the Star Wars Customizable Card Game. However, while the character is included in the Dagobah Limited set, which primarily includes characters seen in the film Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, Gherant's character does not actually appear in that film. Additionally, while he is only seen in the film Return of the Jedi, there is no card devoted to the Gherant character in any of the Return of the Jedi SWCCG expansion sets.
The Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi PhotoComic, which retells the film's story through live-action stills and accompanying speech bubbles with dialogue from the film, credits the line, "Sir, we've lost our bridge deflector shield!", to Gherant rather than the Executor bridge officer who speaks this line in the film. The PhotoComic also mistakenly credits Gherant's subsequent line, "Too late!", to Firmus Piett, and additionally incorrectly cites the line as "It's too late!"
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi novelization (First appearance)
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi junior novelization
- Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi PhotoComic
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Dagobah Limited (Card: Commander Gherant) (First identified as Gherant)
- Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays (Indirect mention only)
- Star Wars: Behind the Magic
- Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Death Star II Limited (Card: Something Special Planned For Them) (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Official Figurine Collection 48 (Imperial Admiral: Firmus Piett) (Picture only)
- The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia (Picture only)
- "The Executor of the Empire"—Star Wars Insider Special Edition 2013 (Picture only)
- (Picture only)
- Star Wars in 100 Scenes
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Dagobah Limited (Card: Commander Gherant)
- ↑ Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi junior novelization
- ↑ Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi novelization
- ↑ Oldbury, Dave Louis (2011-07-12). My Pip Miller Starwars Autograph. Star Wars Autograph Collecting. let-the-wookie-win.com. Retrieved on October 22, 2019. (backup link not available)
- ↑ Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
- ↑ Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Jabba's Palace Limited
- ↑ Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Special Edition Limited
- ↑ Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Endor Limited
- ↑ Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Enhanced Jabba's Palace
- ↑ Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Third Anthology
- ↑ Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Death Star II Limited
- ↑ Star Wars Customizable Card Game – Jabba's Palace Sealed Deck
- ↑ Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi PhotoComic
- ↑ "25 Years of Return of the Jedi!"—Star Wars Insider 105