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"Klaud, I hope you've fixed that surge."
―Poe Dameron[src]

Klaud was a Trodatome male mechanic who worked during the war between the First Order and the Resistance. Hapless and helpful, Klaud was brought into the Resistance, who he assisted with their mechanical needs. Klaud accompanied Poe Dameron, Finn, Chewbacca, and R2-D2 on a mission to the Sinta Glacier Colony. Believed to originally be a parts pickup, the mission's true purpose was hidden by the informant Boolio, who had First Order intelligence to deliver to the Resistance. The Millennium Falcon came under attack from TIE fighters shortly after the handover, and Klaud was overwhelmed by the chase. Piloting the Falcon, Dameron eventually managed to escape the First Order, returning with the intelligence to the Resistance base on Ajan Kloss.

BiographyEdit

During the war between the First Order and the Resistance, Klaud worked as a mechanic.[1] He was eventually brought into the Resistance thanks to a case of mistaken identity.[2] In 35 ABY,[3] the Resistance were contacted by Boolio, a mine overseer at the Sinta Glacier Colony who had acquired information from an anonymous high-ranking First Order officer. As Boolio did not want to risk revealing the intelligence, Boolio claimed that he could provide a regulator required for the Resistance's CR90 corvette Tantive IV.[1]

The Resistance sent several operatives on the Millennium Falcon to meet with Boolio. As the mission was believed to be a parts pickup, Klaud accompanied Poe Dameron, Finn, Chewbacca, and the astromech droid R2-D2 aboard the Falcon.[1] While the Falcon was on its way to the Sinta Glacier, Klaud made some repairs to the freighter. The Falcon arrived at the colony, where Boolio transferred the First Order intelligence to R2-D2. Before the Resistance operatives could depart, however, a number of First Order TIE fighters approached the colony, chasing the Falcon through the icy corridors of the Sinta Glacier.[4]

As the Falcon navigated the corridors, Klaud was surprised by the chase, and was knocked aside by the sharp turns the ship made. Cornered by TIE fighters, Dameron chose to lightspeed skip away from the Sinta Glacier, placing the Falcon into a number of dangerous locations,[4] including the Megafauna Chasm of the Typhonic Nebula, the Mirror-Spires of Ivexia, and the Crystal Chaos of Cardovyte.[1] The Falcon eventually managed to evade its First Order pursuers, and returned to the Resistance base[4] on the jungle moon Ajan Kloss.[1]

Personality and traitsEdit

A hapless Trodatome male, Klaud was eager to help the Resistance. However, when the mission to the Sinta Glacier that was believed to be a parts pickup turned into an intelligence operation and an escape from TIE fighters, Klaud was overwhelmed. He was bewildered by the human Resistance pilot Temmin Wexley, who was unable to translate Klaud's confusing language. Klaud had blue eyes and yellow skin.[1]

Skills and abilitiesEdit

Klaud had a keen mind and a talent for the mechanical, using his skills to assist the Resistance. He spoke a complex language that was difficult to understand.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

Klaud is a character created for the 2019 film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. He was introduced by J.J. Abrams during the Episode IX panel at Celebration Chicago. His name was initially spelled as "Klad" by Abrams,[5] before it was revealed to actually be spelled Klaud in an article on StarWars.com.[6] Klaud was performed by Nick Kellington, who wore a full-body suit with animatronic features that were remotely operated.[1]

A Klaud carboard cut-out exists and is in stock: "Be sure to set him up by your buffet table or entryway."

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