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"Too late!"
―Commander Gherant's final words, during the Battle of Endor[src]

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.

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"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 — (audio) Listen (file info)[src]

Gherant and Admiral Firmus Piett aboard the Executor, moments before their deaths

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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[1]

Gherant and Piett dive for cover as the Rebel A-wing smashes into the bridge.

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.[1]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

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.[1]

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Commander Gherant wore the standard-issue Imperial officer's uniform during the Battle of Endor.[1]

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Notable appearances[edit | edit source]

Gherant first appeared in the 1983 novelization of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, just prior to the film's theatrical release.[1][4] In the film, Gherant appears in two scenes aboard the Super Star Destroyer Executor's bridge as a subordinate to Admiral Firmus Piett.[1] Actor Pip Miller[5] portrayed the Gherant character in the film and is credited as "Stardestroyer Captain #1."[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.[2] 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.[6] 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.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

Inconsistencies[edit | edit source]

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!"[14]

Due to a costuming error during Return of the Jedi production, all Imperial officers in the film, including Gherant, wear identical uniform insignia regardless of rank.[1][15]

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