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"This is Captain Gilad Pellaeon of the ISD Harbinger."
―Gilad Pellaeon[src]

Gilad Pellaeon served as a captain in the naval forces of the Galactic Empire as part of Grand Admiral Balanhai Savit's Third Fleet. Under the Third Fleet, Pellaeon served as the commanding officer of the Harbinger and was later dispatched to assist Grand Admiral Thrawn's Seventh Fleet. He participated in the Imperial blockade of the planet Lothal until it was liberated by the rebel Spectres and their allies shortly before the outbreak of the Galactic Civil War. During the liberation, all Imperial starships present were destroyed by flocks of the space-faring purrgil creatures, and Pellaeon's communication with the Grand Admiral was quickly cut off.


Gilad Pellaeon was an Imperial officer who held the rank of captain during his deployment with the Imperial Navy. During the early rebellion against the Galactic Empire, Pellaeon served as the captain of the Imperial Star Destroyer Harbinger in Grand Admiral Balanhai Savit's Third Fleet.[2]

Serving the Seventh FleetEdit

"Get Captain Pellaeon."
"Sir, they came out of hyperspace! I've never seen…"
―Grand Admiral Thrawn and Pellaeon encounter the purrgil over Lothal — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]
Purrgil attack

The purrgil swarm destroyed the Imperial blockade over Lothal.

Shortly before the beginning of the Galactic Civil War,[3] Pellaeon took part in the Galactic Empire's orbital blockade around the planet Lothal as part of Grand Admiral Thrawn's Seventh Fleet. However, the blockade failed to stop a band of rebels, led by Jedi Padawan Ezra Bridger of the Spectres, from launching an attack that liberated the planet from its occupation.[1]

While Thrawn was dealing with the rebels on the planet surface, he learned that the entire blockade was destroyed by several objects not identifiable to the Imperials. The Grand Admiral subsequently contacted Pellaeon to inquire about the situation, only to hear that the attackers came out of hyperspace before their communication was quickly severed. Moments later, Thrawn discovered that the Imperial vessels were destroyed by flocks of purrgil[1]—massive, whale-like creatures that were naturally capable of traveling through hyperspace[4]—as part of Bridger's attack. Having lost the liberated planet to the rebels, the Empire never again returned to Lothal.[1]

Personality and traitsEdit

During the Liberation of Lothal, Captain Pellaeon was astonished upon witnessing the purrgil swarm coming out of hyperspace and attacking the blockade of Imperial starships over the planet. The Imperial captain spoke Basic.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

Reintroduction into Star Wars canonEdit

"I just wanted to mention the name so it gets in there, so it's something people can use. And sometimes that's what I can do for things that come out of Legends. I could create just another Captain with some name there or I could put someone like Pellaeon in play. And then maybe he gets picked up in comics or novels, I don't know. But I think that would be kind of fun to do, and it's a way to get that idea rolling."
―Dave Filoni on the inclusion of Pellaeon in Star Wars Rebels[src]

Captain Pellaeon was Grand Admiral Thrawn's second-in-command in Star Wars Legends.

Gilad Pellaeon was reintroduced into Star Wars canon in the Star Wars Rebels television series finale, "Family Reunion – and Farewell," which was written by executive producer Dave Filoni and his team,[1] and first aired on March 5, 2018.[5] The character was voiced by Jim Cummings, who was also the voice of Hondo Ohnaka in the series.[1] His first name "Gilad" was canonized by the 2019 novel Thrawn: Treason.[2]

Filoni described bringing back Star Wars Legends characters like Pellaeon into canon as being one of his favorite parts of the job. He said that bringing in Pellaeon serves as an opportunity for other authors to explore new stories for the character in canon, which creating a new character with a new name would not necessarily allow for. Filoni also indicated that, in his opinion, Pellaeon survived the events of the Star Wars Rebels finale and expressed hope that other authors would continue the character's story.[6]

Stories in Star Wars LegendsEdit

"Pellaeon, by the way, was named after Pelleas, an idealistic young knight in the King Arthur mythos."
―Timothy Zahn — Gnome-speakernotesListen (file info)[src]

The character of Gilad Pellaeon originally appeared in the 1991 Star Wars Legends novel, Heir to the Empire,[7] the first volume in The Thrawn Trilogy by author Timothy Zahn.[8] While Zahn named the character after Pelleas, a knight from the King Arthur legend,[9] the 1995 reference book The Essential Guide to Characters, written by Andy Mangels, introduced his first name "Gilad."[10]

In these stories, Captain Pellaeon was depicted as an elderly Human with a bushy mustache,[11] and he was a prominent military officer who served as Grand Admiral Thrawn's right-hand man during the latter's campaign against the New Republic following the Battle of Endor.[7] Pellaeon also played a significant role in numerous other Legends stories—he acted as the founding leader of the Imperial Remnant[12] and signed a peace treaty with the New Republic that ended the Galactic Civil War.[13] Through his many appearances over two decades,[14] Pellaeon became a fan-favorite Legends character.[6]



Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels – "Family Reunion – and Farewell"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Thrawn: Treason
  3. SWCustom-2011 Heroes of Mandalore Trivia Gallery on (backup link) states that Bo-Katan Kryze was redesigned for Star Wars Rebels: Heroes of Mandalore to advance the character's age by "18 years or so." Given that she was last seen in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "The Lawless," the events of which Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates to 19 BBY, the events of Heroes of Mandalore, and by extension the rest of the fourth season of Star Wars Rebels, must take place in approximately 1 BBY. Galactic Atlas also dates the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which depicts the beginning of the Galactic Civil War, to 0 BBY; therefore, the events of the Star Wars Rebels Season Four episodes "A Fool's Hope" and "Family Reunion – and Farewell" must occur shortly before the outbreak of the war.
  4. StarWars-DatabankII Purrgil in the Databank (backup link)
  5. SWCustom-2011 The Final Episodes of Star Wars Rebels Begin February 19 on Disney XD on (backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Lussier, Germain (2018-03-07, 7:45 pm). That Fan Favorite EU Character Name Dropped on Star Wars Rebels Is Alive and Well. io9. Gizmodo Media Group. Archived from the original on March 13, 2018. Retrieved on May 21, 2018.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Heir to the Empire
  8. The Essential Reader's Companion
  9. Heir to the Empire: The 20th Anniversary Edition
  10. The Essential Guide to Characters
  11. The New Essential Guide to Characters
  12. Specter of the Past
  13. Vision of the Future
  14. The character of Gilad Pellaeon appeared in the 2012 comic book Crimson Empire III: Empire Lost 6, more than twenty years after his debut in the 1991 novel, Heir to the Empire.
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