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Grond was a male Human who served as a lieutenant in the Military of the Galactic Empire. Native to the planet Corellia, Grond was a swoop racer in his youth prior to his service with the Imperial Military. In 4 ABY, he was stationed on the Forest Moon of Endor. In that year, he awaited the Sith Lord Darth Vader's and Emperor Palpatine's arrivals aboard the second Death Star in orbit of the moon. Shortly afterward, Grond took part in the Battle of Endor and helped to lead the defense of the Death Star's shield generator bunker.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Grond (third from left) was one of the Imperials present for Darth Vader's arrival aboard the Death Star.

The Human male Grond hailed from the planet Corellia and grew up racing swoops. At some point during the Galactic Civil War, he was part of the Emperor's Demonstration Team, a specialized unit in the Galactic Empire's military.[1] By 4 ABY,[3] he had become a lieutenant and was the aide of Colonel Dyer,[1] who helped oversee the fortification of[4] the second Death Star's shield generator bunker on the Forest Moon of Endor.[2]

That year,[3] Grond awaited the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader's arrival aboard the Death Star orbiting the moon. Upon his arrival, the Sith Lord ordered the station's commander, Moff Tiaan Jerjerrod, to speed up the superweapon's construction.[2] Grond shortly afterwards stood in one of the Death Star's hangar bays alongside Vader and other Imperial officers to await the arrival of Emperor Palpatine aboard the battlestation.[5] A short time later, Grond took part in the Battle of Endor on the forest moon,[6] where he organized scout trooper patrols[7] and coordinated both scout movements[1] and the actions to help lead the Imperial defense of the shield generator.[6] Nevertheless, the Rebel Alliance was able to destroy both the generator and the Death Star battlestation.[2]

Personality and traits[edit | edit source]

Grond was a fair-skinned Human man with brown hair.[2]

Equipment[edit | edit source]

During his time as a lieutenant, Grond wore a black Imperial Navy crewman's uniform and cap.[2]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The character of Grond first appeared as one of the Imperial extras[2]—portrayed by an uncredited Rodney Cardiff[8]—awaiting Darth Vader's arrival on the second Death Star in the beginning of the 1983 film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.[2] He was named and given a brief backstory on a card of the 1999 Endor Limited expansion set of Decipher's Star Wars Customizable Card Game.[1]

According to an onset photo shown first by a card for 1983 Topps Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Series 1, Grond was meant to appear in at least one more scene in Return of the Jedi, among the extras standing in a docking bay with Vader and Jerjerrod to await Palpatine's arrival on the Death Star.[5]

In the 1997 Special Edition release of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, footage of Darth Vader's arrival aboard the second Death Star in the opening scene of Return of the Jedi was reused to show Vader arriving aboard his flagship, the Executor-class Star Dreadnought Executor, following his duel with Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker on the planet Bespin. Because of the scene's inclusion, Rodney Cardiff is visible aboard the Executor along with other extras who portrayed the Imperial officers in the beginning of Return of the Jedi.[9]

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