Lanever Villecham was a male Tarsunt politician who served as the Chancellor of the New Republic thirty years after the Battle of Endor. Villecham, a delegate to the Galactic Senate from the Mid Rim planet Tarsunt, was a believer in the peace initiatives that the New Republic carried out after the signing of the Galactic Concordance with the Galactic Empire at the end of the Galactic Civil War. As such, he focused his time in office on improved trade relations with neutral systems and, despite the insistence of General Leia Organa and the Resistance, did not consider the emerging First Order to be a threat. He perished on Hosnian Prime when the planet, then serving as the capital of the Republic, was destroyed by the First Order's Starkiller weapon.
Lanever Villecham served as a delegate to the Galactic Senate of the New Republic, hailing from the Mid Rim planet Tarsunt. Twenty-nine years after the Battle of Endor, Villecham was elected to serve as the Senate's chancellor. He focused his term in office on improving trade relations with neutral systems in the Trans-Hydian Borderlands, as they had been disaffected from the Republic for decades. His time in office also saw the rise of the First Order, a successor to the Galactic Empire. Villecham did not consider the First Order a threat so long as they abided by the dictates of the Galactic Concordance, a peace treaty marking the Empire's defeat to the Republic at the end of the Galactic Civil War. This was in contrast to the claims of General Leia Organa and the Resistance, who urged the Republic to consider military action against the resurgent Imperial power. Organa dispatched an envoy, Commander Korr Sella, to the Republic's then capital of Hosnian Prime to argue for a military build-up, but by then it was too late. Villecham, Sella, and the Senate were wiped out when the First Order targeted their superweapon, Starkiller Base, on Hosnian Prime and destroyed it, along with the Hosnian system.
Personality and traits
Lanever Villecham was a male Tarsunt with white hair, black eyes, and yellow skin. He was a believer in the peace initiatives of the New Republic and would not consider a renewed conflict so long as the First Order did not violate the Galactic Concordance, which they ultimately did by destroying Hosnian Prime—costing Villecham his life.
Behind the scenes
Lanever Villecham first appeared in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. While he was not identified onscreen, his name was revealed in Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary, a 2015 reference book by Lucasfilm Story Group member Pablo Hidalgo. He was portrayed by Derek Arnold, who did not receive any credit.[source?]
- Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens Graphic Novel Adaptation
- The Force Awakens Adaptation 4
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary (First identified as Lanever Villecham)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens Beginner Game
- Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia
- Star Wars: Geektionary: The Galaxy from A - Z
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 42 (Weapons & Uniforms: The New Republic)
- Star Wars Helmet Collection 44 (Highlights of the Saga: Striking at the New Republic) (Picture only)
- Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition